August 2017
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Funding Opportunities

Limited Competition: Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Transition Award (R00)


Precompetitive Collaboration on Liquid Biopsy for Early Cancer Assessment (U01)


Collaborative Research Network for Fusion Oncoproteins in Childhood Cancers (U54)



View a full list of current funding opportunities. 

Highlighted positions related to cancer for which VCU is currently hiring. View the full list.


Associate Director, Basic Research (F51620)


Program Co-Leader, Cancer Molecular Genetics (F36090)

Shared Resource Spotlight
Tissue & Data Acquisition & Analysis Core

The Tissue & Data Acquisition & Analysis Core provides support for biomedical research by maintaining and providing a bank of high-quality human tissue samples using best practice collection methodologies, maintaining appropriate patient protections and integrating relevant clinical data. Services include 

quality-controlled human residual tumor and hematopoietic samples; customized human tissue collection, handling and informed consent services; and processing of tissue and hematopoietic samples for specialized studies. The TDAAC supports investigator-initiated IRB-approved translational research projects and clinical trials. Samples and data can be provided under an anonymous honest broker system or for specific IRB-approved protocols.


For more information, contact resource manager Pamela Jill Grizzard at 628.3615 or
or visit the Massey website.

Research HighlightsHighlights
Decade-long research in liver cancer uncovers links between obesity and cancer

Devanand Sarkar, Ph.D.
Cancer Molecular Genetics member
Massey research led by Devanand Sarkar is close to bringing about novel therapies for the treatment of liver cancer. Multiple published studies determined that the overexpression of AEG-1 and SND1 are two contributors to the development of liver cancer. Sarkar's team identified pdTp as a targeted therapy for SND1. He also used a nanoparticle therapy to block AEG-1 expression in mice and prevented them from developing nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a fatty liver disease and a primary risk factor for liver cancer.


Center News Center1
Massey patient's breast cancer treatment documented in ongoing newspaper series

The Richmond 
Times-Dispatch published the first two articles in an ongoing series following Carole Johnson as she receives treatment for triple-negative breast cancer at Massey. The first article detailed her diagnosis and lumpectomy, performed by Harry Bear, and her surgical recovery. The second article detailed her medical oncology care with Hetal Vachhani and the start of chemotherapy.

Member Showcase MemberShowcase

Dow studies the complexities of cancer treatment to determine more effective methods of care

Cancer Prevention and Control member
Alan Dow joined Massey as a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program in March 2017. Through his research, Dow analyzes clinical practices and outcomes in an effort to improve care, teamwork and communication across the entire medical spectrum of a cancer patient's treatment process. Dow is the director and assistant vice president of health sciences at the VCU Center for Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Care and a professor of internal medicine at the VCU School of Medicine.

Researcher Recognition Recognition
Grant awarded $600,000 from Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Grant, Steven
Developmental Therapeutics 
Steven Grant received $600,000 from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to develop more effective therapies for patients with relapsed/refractory acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes. The two-year funding will support a phase 1 clinical trial for AML patients testing a novel therapy that was proven in laboratory studies to have significantly improved survival in animal models.

Join us for the eight annual Massey on the River, hosted by the Massey Alliance, featuring the music of Three Sheets to the Wind, food, beverages and a silent auction - all along the backdrop of the James River to benefit cancer research at Massey.

For a full listing of events, 

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