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New immunotherapy approach boosts body’s ability to destroy cancer cells

Few cancer treatments are generating more excitement these days than immunotherapy—drugs based on the principle that the immune system can be harnessed to detect and kill cancer cells, much in the same way that it goes after infectious microorganisms. Yet these treatments only benefit some patients, and remain ineffective in the vast majority of cases. … Continued

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Throwing molecular wrench into gene control machine leads to ‘melting away’ of leukemia

PUBLIC RELEASE: 8-JAN-2018 Cold Spring Harbor, NY – Cancer researchers today announced they have developed a way of sidelining one of the most dangerous “bad actors” in leukemia. Their approach depends on throwing a molecular wrench into the gears of an important machine that sets genes into motion, enabling cancer cells to proliferate. In tests in … Continued

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Novel Treatment Causes Cancer to Self-Destruct Without Affecting Healthy Cells

October 9, 2017—BRONX, NY—Scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have discovered the first compound that directly makes cancer cells commit suicide while sparing healthy cells. The new treatment approach, described in today’s issue of Cancer Cell, was directed against acute myeloid leukemia (AML) cells but may also have potential for attacking other types of cancers. “We’re hopeful … Continued

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PRESS RELEASE: The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 Prize for Early-Career Cancer Scientists

NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance (PSSCRA) today announced the opening of applications for its 2018 Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research. The prize of $200,000 per year for up to three years is awarded annually to at least six New York City-based scientists, enabling them to … Continued

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Cancer’s Invasion Equation

We can detect tumors earlier than ever before. Can we predict whether they’re going to be dangerous? We’ve tended to focus on the cancer, but its host tissue—“soil,” rather than “seed”—could help us predict the danger it poses. Over the summer of 2011, the water in Lake Michigan turned crystal clear. Shafts of angled light lit … Continued

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Celgene-backed cancer biotech Repare emerges from stealth with $68M

After 18 months being incubated by Versant Ventures, upstart Repare Therapeutics has emerged from stealth mode with an impressive $68 million, backing from Celgene and some big-name execs. The Montreal and Cambridge, Massachusetts, biotech saw founding investor Versant Ventures co-lead the series A round with MPM Capital. They were also joined by other syndicate investors … Continued

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Ackman Commits New Funds for Cancer Research on Vaccines, Drugs

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PRESS RELEASE: The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance announces 2017 winners

SIX NEW YORK CITY SCIENTISTS WIN PERSHING SQUARE SOHN PRIZE FOR YOUNG INVESTIGATORS IN CANCER RESEARCH  The Pershing Square Sohn Research Alliance Continues Investment in the Next Generation of Medical Research Talent to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Cancer Research  NEW YORK, May 8, 2017 – The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance today announced the six … Continued

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Dr. David Lyden Receives Grants from the Sohn Conference Foundation

Researchers from Weill Cornell Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center have received two grants from the Sohn Conference Foundation to advance their investigation into how cancer spreads in children. Dr. David Lyden, the Stavros S. Niarchos Professor in Pediatric Cardiology and a professor of pediatrics, Dr. Haiying Zhang, an assistant professor of cell and … Continued

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The First Cell Inspired a Career of Genomic Discoveries & Cancer Research

Some people struggle to find their paths in life. Not Chris Mason, PhD, Associate Professor and geneticist at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. He had already determined he wanted to be a geneticist by the time he reached eighth grade. “I was—and still am—a curious kid. I wanted to know how the world … Continued

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