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Leadership Series 1: Striving for Excellence in Healthcare Leadership

It has been my privilege to serve in diverse leadership and advisory roles over the years for premier healthcare institutions and biopharmaceutical organizations. These roles include research laboratory head, academic executive appointments and founder, director and/or advisor for biotech and pharma, as well as non-profit foundations and faith-based institutions. In my own experience and interactions …

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Study finds macrophages’ pathway to nurture PTEN-deficient glioblastoma

A common genetic deficiency empowers glioblastoma to broadcast a molecular message to the wrong type of immune cell, summoning macrophages that protect and nurture the brain tumor instead of attacking it, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report in Cancer Cell. The team’s work in mouse models of glioblastoma that lack …

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Closing the GAP

As the father of three children and a physician, educator and scientist, I always make sure to impart my health and wellness knowledge to my children (currently 15, 16 and 18 years old) – doing everything possible to mitigate risk for disease later in life.   When it comes to cancer, it is notable that up …

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Study Points to New Strategy for Boosting Immunotherapy Effectiveness in Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Findings demonstrate how two cancer-related genes interact to spur metastasis and potentially enhance immune checkpoint blockade treatment MD Anderson News Release March 21, 2019 Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center revealed the common oncogene KRAS as a possible explanation for why many patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (CRC) do not respond …

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2018 Top Ten Highlights

The year 2018 was a notable one for the cancer research community and our quest to prevent, detect and treat cancer. Fueled largely by our nation’s continued investment in basic and applied biomedical research, significant progress has occurred in areas of targeted and immune therapy as well as molecular diagnostics. Below is a ‘top ten’ …

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FDA tightens regulation of over-the-counter sunscreen products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a long awaited update to sunscreen rules aimed at strengthening regulations of over-the-counter sunscreens Thursday. Two of the 16 currently used main chemical ingredients in over-the-counter sunscreen products are considered safe, the FDA says, as part of a proposal here aimed at improving the safety and quality …

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Cervical cancer could be eliminated in most countries by 2100, study finds

Cervical cancer could potentially be eliminated as a major public health threat in the majority of the world by the end of this century, a new study says. According to the researchers, more widespread use of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, combined with increased cervical cancer screenings, could prevent millions of cases of the disease …

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