Sep 02, 2021

New Insights about Melanocytes Could Lead to More Targeted Melanoma Treatments

Huntsman Cancer Institute melanoma researchers have generated the first “atlas” of where human melanocytes are located in the body. In analyzing the atlas data, the team discovered different types of melanocytes, including what looks to be the cell of origin for an understudied subtype called acral melanoma, which mostly affects people of color.

Jun 02, 2021

Recipients of the 2021 Susan Cooper Jones Endowed Fellowship in Cancer Research

Huntsman Cancer Institute has announced this year’s recipients of the Susan Cooper Jones Endowed Fellowship in Cancer Research – Helen Lillie, Helong Zhao and Peng Zhang.

Apr 12, 2021

Ovarian Cancer Patients Face Increased Risk of Mental Illness

Siqi Hu, PhD, is a member of the Hashibe Lab at Huntsman Cancer Institute. Hu presented results at the 2021 virtual American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting that women diagnosed with ovarian cancer were more than three times more likely to be diagnosed with mental illness such as anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder than the general public.

Apr 01, 2021

From Awareness to Action: A Commitment to An Anti-Racist Cancer Center

In response to a national reckoning on racism in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, HCI made a major commitment to create meaningful changes that would result in a more just, equitable, and inclusive environment. The commitment was direct: to become an anti-racist cancer center.

Apr 01, 2021

Reimagining Research in a Remote World

In March 2020, COVID-19 led to restrictions in on-site activities at HCI, at the University of Utah, across the state, and throughout the nation. HCI researchers were determined to keep labs functioning while also keeping employees safe. Learn how they overcame challenges and kept cancer research moving ahead.

Apr 01, 2021

Building on the Lifesaving Work of Cancer Research

Since its inception, HCI has made it part of our mission to educate and train the next generation of scientists and physicians to continue the lifesaving work of cancer research. In 2020, HCI had 527 trainees. Here, we highlight several of them, sharing what drives their research, why they chose HCI, and how the COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of collaboration and mentored support as they begin and build upon their careers.

Mar 11, 2021

Taking a Minute to Honor Diversity in the Workplace

“Feeling valued as an individual can go a long way toward fostering a sense of belonging,” says Jaime Fornetti, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in Huntsman Cancer Institute’s Welm Lab. To promote this sense of belonging and celebrate their different backgrounds, the Welm Lab holds a “Minute for Diversity” in team meetings, where employees can share their cultural traditions. Just taking these few moments, they say, has led to fewer assumptions and biases.

Mar 03, 2021

Utah Researchers Illuminate Potential Precursors of Blood Cancers

Utah researchers report significant new insights into the development of blood cancers. Comparing DNA data in people with and without blood disorders, the researchers discovered genetic mutations in about 2% of the presumably healthy participants that were identical to those frequently observed in the cancer patients. These findings provide new clues about mutations that may initiate cancer development and those that may help cancer progress.