Category: Oncology

The bench side of organ transplant: Challenges and solutions

“It is infinitely better to transplant a heart than bury it to be devoured by worms,” said Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the father of the heart transplant. It’s hard to disagree with this statement! Organ transplant today is an established treatment...

/ October 7, 2019

Aiming at the Achilles’ heel of cancer: multiplexed lung cancer fusion detection without FISH or NGS

Lung cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide, and the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. It is generally divided into two types, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC), based on...

/ September 23, 2019

miRNA Profiling in Malignant Melanoma: Making “Australia’s National Cancer” Obsolete.

Australia is a sun-worshipping country, the world capital for beautiful beaches, athletic surfers, cute marsupials, and the occasional weird-looking animal. But it is also the capital for something less pleasant: skin cancer. In fact, at least two in three Australians...

/ August 12, 2019

Mapping the miRNA-mRNA Interactome in Multiple System Atrophy

A rapidly developing and fatal neurodegenerative disorder, MSA is frequently misdiagnosed or undetected until later stages due to its systemic nature, undefined etiopathogenesis, and multifaceted clinical presentation. In an attempt to unravel molecular changes in MSA, scientists from UC San...

/ July 22, 2019

Q&A with Dr. Lisa Butterfield, PhD: Cancer Vaccines & Adoptive Cell Transfer

Dr. Lisa Butterfield, PhD recently joined the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy as Vice President focusing on cell therapies while she continues her independent cancer vaccine research as an Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of California,...