June 2017
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Funding Opportunities



Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) - Clinical Trial Award


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
Structural Biology

The Structural Biology Shared Resource offers instrumentation, computer hardware and software and support personnel for the determination of molecular structures and the utilization of structural information in cancer research. The shared resource encompasses three related components: X-ray crystallography, nuclear magnetic resonance and molecular modeling. These facilities are clustered in dedicated space to facilitate access and consultation with the support team.



For more information, contact resource director Jan Chlebowski, Ph.D., at 

828-1023 or jfchlebo@vcu.edu, or visit the Massey website.

Leaders' Update Update 
A message from Paul Fawcett, associate director for shared resources

I am pleased to announce that as a result from funds received from the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund, Massey's Cancer Mouse Models Core has recently purchased some new equipment that will expand the core's services and capabilities.

This message continues with more about the
-new equipment in the Cancer Mouse Models Core, including the Leica Bond RX for fast, automated IHC, ISH and OPAL staining; the Dako Coverstainer for automatic H&E staining and coverslipping; and the Vectra Polaris Automated Quantitative Pathology Imaging System
-recruitment for a director of the Microscopy Core

Research HighlightsHighlights
Scientists may have found a new way to halt lung cancer growth
Swati Deb, Ph.D.
Cancer Molecular Genetics member
Massey researcher Swati P. Deb led a team of scientists to reveal a strategy to prevent the growth of lung cancer in cultured cell lines as well as mouse models by blocking the function of a surveillance protein, known as ChK1, needed to increase the success of genome duplication. Published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, the findings may lead to the development of new therapies that kill lung cancer cells with gain of function p53 mutations while sparing healthy tissue.


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Massey showcases world-class research at its annual Cancer Research Retreat

On Friday, June 16, researchers from across VCU took part in Massey Cancer Center's annual Cancer Research Retreat. Keynote addresses were given by Robert Schnoll, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, about his research on smoking cessation; and Jeffrey Engelman, M.D., Ph.D., vice president and global head of oncology research at Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research, about overcoming resistance to targeted therapies, particularly for drugs designed to target genetic mutations in lung cancers. At the afternoon poster session, nearly 75 research studies-the most in the history of Massey's Cancer Research Retreat-were presented by VCU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and were evaluated for Excellence in Cancer Research Awards.

Member Showcase MemberShowcase

Bandyopadhyay develops state-of-the-art statistical models to predict oral cancers and periodontal diseases

Cancer Prevention and Control member
Dipankar Bandyopadhyay joined Massey as a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control (CPC) research program in 2016. His research efforts are focused on investigating the effects of environmental and socio-demographic factors on the development of oral cancers. Bandyopadhyay is the director of Massey's Biostatistics Shared Resource Core and a professor in biostatistics at the VCU School of Medicine.

Researcher Recognition Recognition
Fields honored with Educator of the Year award

Emma Fields, M.D. Developmental Therapeutics member
Massey radiation oncologist Emma Fields was recognized in May as VCU Health's Educator of the Year by the Association of Residents in Radiation Oncology (ARRO) for her excellence in teaching and enthusiastic support of residency training.  ARRO presents the annual award to one outstanding member at each participating institution.

EventsUpcoming Events

Cancer Research Seminars
July 12, 2017: Angela Davies, M.D., chief medical officer of Champions Oncology, Inc., will lead a seminar in GRL-131 from 4-5 p.m.

Monthly Research Meetings

Music For Massey

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