January 2018
Table of Contents

Funding Opportunities

Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities - Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences


Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities - The Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program


Predicting Behavioral Responses to Population-Level Cancer Control Strategies (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)


Evaluating the NIDA Standardized Research E-Cigarette in Risk Reduction and Related Studies (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)




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
Biostatistics Core

The Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) Core provides bio-statistical support to researchers beginning in the experimental design stage and continuing through all phases, to the presentation of research findings and, ultimately, in the submission of scientific publications. Located in room 119 of the Goodwin Research Building, the BSR offers a variety of services including biostatistical analysis in collaborative research, generating methodologic research via secondary data analysis, consultations, training and participation in Massey's Protocol Review and Monitoring System. The core consists of seven faculty members and one MS statistician and is supported by the cluster computing system of the VCU Department of Biostatistics, which serves faculty and staff for high computational research as well as supporting studies in biostatistics and bioinformatics.


For further information, contact Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., resource director, at 828.9824 or bandyop@vcuhealth.org, or visit the Massey website.

Leaders' Update Update 
A message from Director Gordon Ginder

Happy New Year! As we start a new calendar year, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on some of the accomplishments made at Massey Cancer Center in 2017.

This message continues with highlights of cancer center achievements over the past year.

Research HighlightsHighlights
A common virus may help inform treatment planning for stem cell transplant patients

Amir Toor, M.D.
Developmental Therapeutics member
Massey scientists led by Amir Toor created computer models to provide further evidence of a genetic relationship between the reactivation of the human cytomegalovirus, a dormant form of the herpes virus, and the onset of graft-versus-host-disease. Through DNA sequencing of stem cell donors and recipients,Toor believes computer modeling can be used to better identify at-risk patients and personalize post-transplant care to decrease the potential for graft-versus-host disease.


Liu discovers new protein shape that could impact cancer and neurodegenerative disease therapies

Qinglian Liu, Ph.D.
Developmental Therapeutics member
In a study published in Nature Communications, Qianglin Liu  discovered a third variation in the structure of the protein type Hsp70, which is responsible for the growth and repair of other proteins and has been linked to cancer metastasis. The findings could eventually lead to the development of novel therapies that can regulate Hsp70 function and potentially prevent or slow the growth of certain diseases.

Center News Center1
New lung cancer screening clinic is one-of-a-kind in Richmond region

VCU Health and Massey opened a comprehensive lung cancer screening clinic at the Stony Point Campus. The clinic screens high-risk individuals with a low-dose CT scan to detect lung cancer early when it's most treatable. A comprehensive approach to lung health featuring a dedicated pulmonologist (Massey CCS and CPC research member Patrick Nana-Sinkam), nurse navigator, informed and shared decision making and smoking cessation counseling sets the clinic apart from other screening programs in the region.

Massey physicians receive Best Bedside Manner Awards for fifth consecutive year

Massey physicians were again recognized in
Our Health Richmond magazine's annual Best Bedside Manner Awards for the compassionate care, empathy and attentiveness that they provide to their patients. Over 35,000 local individuals voted for medical providers in more than 50 medical specialties and six Massey physicians were featured in the final list.

Researcher Recognition Recognition
Eissenberg and Sanyal recognized for being in the top one percent of most cited authors for 2017

Thomas Eissenberg and Arun Sanyal were recognized in a list of the top one percent of most-cited international researchers in 2017 collected by Clarivate Analytics. Eissenberg has received more than $30 million in federal funding in the past two decades for tobacco-related research, and he currently studies the effects of 
e-cigarettes and other modified tobacco products. Sanyal has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than 25 years and has gained international recognition for his work on end-stage liver disease and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.

For a full listing of events, 

mediaMassey in the Media

Massey was featured in the television broadcast of VCU men's college basketball versus the University of Texas.

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