Two Nationally Known Cancer Researchers Named Co-Chairs of Oncological Sciences

Two Nationally Known Cancer Researchers Named Co-Chairs of Oncological Sciences

Nov 21, 2011 10:05 AM

Photo of Brad Cairns and David JonesSALT LAKE CITY—Two highly regarded cancer researchers from the University of Utah and Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) have been appointed co-chairs of the Department of Oncological Sciences in the School of Medicine effective Tuesday, Nov.15., pending approval by the U of U Board of Trustees.

David A Jones
, Ph.D., and Bradley R. Cairns, Ph.D., are exceptionally qualified to lead the department, says Vivian S. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., U of U senior vice president for health sciences. "Dr. Cairns and Dr. Jones are highly respected cancer researchers and are well-suited to head up the department as it builds on its national reputation and unique partnership with the Huntsman Cancer Institute,” Lee said. “Both have played important roles in helping the department focus on translational research, which emphasizes developing new ideas and patient treatments derived from laboratory experiments.

Cairns, senior director for Basic Sciences at HCI and a professor of oncology, focuses his research on understanding how the structure of chromatin (a mass of DNA and proteins in the nucleus of a cell) helps regulate gene expression, a critical issue in cell growth, development, and cancer biology. He holds a Jon and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professorship in Cancer Research and is an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Jones, senior director of early translational research at HCI and a professor of oncology, focuses his research on the molecular pathways that cause colon cancer and on developing strategies to alter these pathways to prevent or treat the disease. He also is the Dee Glen and Ida W. Smith Endowed Chair for Cancer Research. Before coming to the University, Jones was a senior research scientist for Pharmacia and Upjohn.

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