Nov 19, 2020

Scientists Discover Roles for a Cellular Motor in Cancer

Utah scientists have discovered new functions of a key cellular machine that regulates gene packaging and is mutated in 20% of human cancers. The study was published in print today in the journal Molecular Cell. Cairns and colleagues wanted to know how nucleosomes are moved along or removed from the DNA to unpackage and expose genes.

Nov 13, 2020

Fighting a Rare and Understudied Melanoma Subtype

Robert Judson-Torres has always been fascinated by science. He chose to focus on cancer research, and specifically melanoma, as a way to study how cells work in our body and have his work be meaningful and life changing. Due to the economic effects of COVID-19, many cancer laboratories have had to enact hiring freezes. So receiving the 5 For The Fight Fellowship allows Judson-Torres to hire the necessary team to further high-risk, high-reward projects investigating rare subtypes of melanoma.

Nov 12, 2020

Researcher Receives National Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award

Siwen Hu-Lieskovan, PhD, MD, physician scientist at Huntsman Cancer Institute and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Utah, has received the National Cancer Institute 2020 Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. The award recognizes outstanding clinical investigators at NCI-designated Cancer Centers who participate extensively in NCI-funded clinical trials, and whose leadership and activities promote a successful culture of collaborative clinical research.

Nov 10, 2020

Researcher Receives Awards for Community Contributions and Neuroendocrine Tumor Research

Heloisa Soares, MD, PhD, a gastrointestinal and neuroendocrine tumor medical oncologist and researcher at Huntsman Cancer Institute and assistant professor of internal medicine at the University of Utah, received two awards from external organizations honoring her contributions to the field of cancer. Soares was named an Advocacy Champion by the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Soares also received the 2020 North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society Theranostics Investigator Grant.

Nov 06, 2020

Fighting for the Next Generation of Drugs to Improve Cancer Outcomes

Ben Myers never expected to be a cancer researcher. He started out his career in neuroscience but changed to cancer research when he realized that a lot of what he had learned by studying proteins in the nervous system could also apply to cancer biology. Myers works on a key issue in treating cancer patients—when certain medications stop being effective—known in the field as drug resistance. The 5 For The Fight Fellowship will allow his lab to take key steps toward innovation.

Oct 30, 2020

Fighting Bench to Bedside for New Lung Cancer Treatments

Sonam Puri gets up every day to care for patients with lung cancer. Then, she carves out time to work with other researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute to tackle why and how cancer develops in small cell and non-small cell lung cancer patients. She was attracted to apply to the 5 For The Fight Fellowship is the concept behind the organization. “People are donating $5 for somebody who has either been touched by or is battling cancer, and knowing that these single $5 donations ultimately add up to a sizeable amount just reflects how many lives are affected by cancer at large.”

Oct 27, 2020

Letter of Hope: Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research in the Varley Lab

You might not see us during your visit to Huntsman Cancer Institute, but we want to let you know that we are working hard in the Varley Lab in the HCI research building next door. We conduct research that improves the treatment and care of patients like you. We are a small group of dedicated young men and women who are developing new strategies to diagnose and treat breast and ovarian cancer.

Oct 23, 2020

Fighting Adrenal Cancer through Less Toxic Treatments

In high school, Katie Basham received some news that would change her life—her mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Basham headed down the only path she knew to make a difference for cancer patients, which was becoming a doctor. But she soon became intrigued by another path- developing better treatments for cancer. She transitioned her training to laboratory science, studying at the University of Utah and University of Michigan. The 5 For The Fight Fellowship is a “welcome home” present of sorts. She receives the fellowship as she returns to HCI to set up her own laboratory studying adrenal cancers.