2015 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2015 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2013 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2013 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2014 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2012 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2012 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2011 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2011 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2010 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2010 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2009 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2009 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2005 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2006 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2007 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

2008 New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005

Members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle regularly publish findings on the latest cancer research and are frequently recognized for their contributions to the fight against cancer.  Below, you will find new discoveries in cancer research and the most recent honors bestowed upon Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awardees, alumni and friends.

March 30, 2015 > New drug combination promising for treating aggressive breast cancer in brain

Carey K. Anders, MD (Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator ’12-’15), and C. Ryan Miller, MD, PhD (Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator ’09-’12) of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chapel Hill, and colleagues, reported that they identified a drug treatment strategy that can improve survival for a particularly aggressive breast cancer sub-type (triple negative breast cancer) after it has spread to the brain. They demonstrated, in a mouse model of this cancer, that a combination of the drugs carboplatin and a PARP inhibitor improved survival. The researchers hope that these findings will lead to a clinical trial that would allow researchers to test this treatment strategy in patients. These results were published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics.

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March 26, 2015 > Blocking cellular mechanism may make chemotherapy more effective

Maximilian W. Popp, PhD (HHMI-Damon Runyon Fellow ’12-’15) and colleagues at the University of Rochester, Rochester, discovered that stopping a cellular quality-control mechanism can make chemotherapy more effective.  This mechanism is called NMD (nonsense-mediated mRNA decay).  The researchers found that exposing breast cancer cells to a molecule that inhibits NMD prior to treatment with doxorubicin, a drug used to treat leukemia, breast, bone, lung and other cancers, speeds cancer cell death. The results provide insights that could lead to new treatment strategies for cancer patients in the future.  These findings were published in the journal Nature Communications.

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March 25, 2015 > Genetics underlying rare blood cancer identified

Eirini Papapetrou, MD, PhD (Damon Runyon-Edward P. Evans Foundation Innovator ’13-’16) of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, reported the results of a technique called cellular reprogramming that takes mature blood cells from patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and reprograms them back into stem cells to study the genetic origins of MDS. MDS is a rare blood cancer that can progress into acute leukemia; its causes are not well understood. Her team was able to define a region on chromosome 7 that is critical to MDS and identify candidate genes in the region that may underlie the disease. The findings were published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

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March 19, 2015 > American Association for Cancer Research names recipient of prestigious award

William C. Hahn, MD, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow ’98-’99) of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, will be honored with the 39th annual AACR-Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award.  He is being recognized for his seminal contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms underlying cancer initiation, maintenance, and progression. His work has defined new paradigms and has provided a foundation for novel therapeutic approaches that are being tested in the clinic. He will receive the award at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015 in April.

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Annual Breakfast to Support Cancer Research

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New York’s leading business people and philanthropists come together each year to raise funds in support of innovative cancer research.

Held at a premier New York City location, our Annual Breakfast is an entertaining cancer fundraising event that gives guests the chance to learn about the important work of our scientists and network with well known New Yorkers – all before the work day starts. 

2014 Damon Runyon Annual Breakfast

Join us on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation's Annual Breakfast. The Foundation will honor Dmitri Stockton, President and CEO of GE Asset Management, and recognize GE Asset Management for its longstanding partnership with the Foundation to invest in new generations of innovative researchers. John Elway, legendary quarterback and Executive Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager for the Denver Broncos, will join us to talk about his family's experience with cancer and the importance of funding future research leaders. Guests will also hear from two Damon Runyon scientists, Moritz F. Kircher, MD, PhD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Angela J. Waanders, MD , of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, who will discuss their current projects and the importance of supporting cutting-edge cancer research.


For more information, contact Kim Kubert, Director of Special Events, at 212.455.0501 or kim.kubert@damonrunyon.org. To reserve your tickets or table today, please click here.


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The William Raveis Ride + Walk

The William Raveis Ride + Walk

Ride + Walk to Fund Cancer Research
We are proud to partner with William Raveis Real Estate, Mortgage, & Insurance for The William Raveis Ride + Walk, which will be held in Hingham, MA on Saturday, August 22, 2015, and in Fairfield, CT on Saturday, September 12, 2015. You can register as an individual or as part of a team to participate in a 12-mile bike ride, 25-mile bike ride, or a 5K walk. Join with friends and family for a fun-filled day to raise funds for cancer research, with 100% of all donations benefiting the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Click here for more information.

March 5, 2015 > Genome-wide screen gives insight on cancer metastasis and tumor evolution

Sidi Chen, PhD (Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Scientist ‘15, Damon Runyon Fellow ’12-’15) and Feng Zhang, PhD (Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator ’12-’14), of the Broad Institute and MIT’s David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Cambridge, used CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology to systematically target every gene in the genome in an animal model. The study revealed genes involved in tumor evolution and metastasis, including some well-known tumor suppressor genes as well as novel genes not previously linked to cancer. The work was published in the journal Cell.

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Industry and Academic Researchers Gather for Innovative Accelerating Cancer Cures Research Symposium

New York, NY (March 3, 2015) Today, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation held the fourth annual Accelerating Cancer Cures Research Symposium. The yearly meeting is designed to encourage collaboration between cancer researchers in industry and their counterparts in academia in order to overcome many of the issues that currently impede progress against cancer. Hosted by Lilly Oncology at the Alexandria Center™ for Life Science, New York City, the meeting included academic researchers from top universities and research institutions as well as scientists from Eli Lilly and Company, Celgene, Genentech, Merck, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co.
Accelerating Cancer Cures is a unique collaboration between Damon Runyon, a prestigious cancer charity that supports cutting-edge early career cancer researchers, and leading biopharmaceutical companies. The goal of this multi-million dollar initiative is to rebuild the ranks of specially trained physician-scientists who conduct both the innovative laboratory research necessary to identify new therapeutics and the clinical trials to bring these new treatments to patients. By collaborating on this initiative with their competitors in the marketplace, the companies involved demonstrate their shared commitment to driving the next generation of breakthroughs in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Richard B. Gaynor, MD, Senior Vice President of Global Development/Medical Affairs for Lilly Oncology, Damon Runyon Board member, and Chair of Accelerating Cancer Cures, opened the meeting by welcoming its attendees and stressing the urgency of collaboration between academia and industry at this crucial moment in cancer research. Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD, Chief of the Melanoma and Immunotherapeutics Service and Lloyd J. Old Chair in Clinical Investigation at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, delivered a keynote address about his groundbreaking work identifying and developing new immunotherapies for advanced melanoma and other cancers. Participants also heard research presentations from selected Damon Runyon scientists and enjoyed industry roundtable discussions on bridging the gap between academia and industry. Lorraine Egan, President and CEO of Damon Runyon, provided opening remarks.
”It is extraordinary that industry competitors have come together to address a major obstacle to developing new treatments for cancer patients,” said Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation President and CEO, Lorraine Egan.  “Through Accelerating Cancer Cures, we are ensuring that the best young physician-scientists can continue to be the critical link between the research lab and the patients.”
Gaynor added, “This is an exciting time in cancer research with major discoveries in both genetics and immunology leading to innovative cancer therapies. Today we heard presentations from young investigators who are at the forefront of these discoveries bringing novel insights from the laboratory into the clinic. The efforts of the Damon Runyon Foundation and programs like Accelerating Cancer Cures are helping to make the hope of new cancer therapies a reality.”
Scientists from the nation’s leading research institutions, including Stanford University School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Weill Cornell Medical College, Huntsman Cancer Institute of the University of Utah, Mayo Clinic, City of Hope, and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute attended the symposium to hear presentations on a diverse range of promising research, from novel new mechanisms to identify drug targets to genomic approaches to understanding drug resistance, and to brainstorm about creative approaches to speed new treatments to cancer patients.
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About Accelerating Cancer Cures

Accelerating Cancer Cures addresses the critical shortage of clinical researchers working on breakthroughs in cancer treatments and cures. Under the leadership of the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and with the support of industry and academia, this project fosters the talent desperately needed to accelerate breakthroughs in cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.  
Accelerating Cancer Cures is supported by some of the world’s leading companies including:Eli Lilly and Company, Celgene, Genentech, Merck, Pfizer, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co. For more information, visit www.damonrunyon.org/accelerate.

About the Foundation

To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research. The Foundation supports emerging leaders who have great potential to achieve breakthroughs in how we diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. Since its founding in 1946, Damon Runyon has invested over $287 million and funded more than 3,450 young scientists.
100% of all donations to the Foundation are used to support scientific research. Its administrative and fundraising costs are paid from its Damon Runyon Broadway Tickets Service and endowment.

For more information visit http://www.damonrunyon.org.
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