Damon Runyon News

April 16, 2021
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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the oldest and largest cancer research organization in the world. Its Fellows, selected through a rigorous peer review process, are scientists from a range of disciplines whose work has “propelled significant innovation and progress against cancer.”


April 8, 2021
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Damon Runyon is delighted to announce the unanimous election of Carlos Arteaga, MD, and Levi Garraway, MD, PhD, to its Board of Directors.


April 8, 2021
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In early April, Damon Runyon Quantitative Biology Fellows and distinguished leaders from our selection committee discussed pioneering a new field at the nexus of laboratory-based cancer research and data science.


April 5, 2021
New Discovery

The tumor, once an indistinct mass of heterogeneous cells, is gaining single-cell resolution. Until recently, even distinguishing between healthy cells and malignant cells within a tumor sample presented a challenge.


March 22, 2021
Awards and Honors

Founded in 1908, The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious medical honor societies. Each year, the ASCI Council elects up to eighty new members from hundreds of physician-scientists nominated on the basis of “outstanding scholarly achievement.” Among those chosen this year were five Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator alumni and one of our current sponsors. They will be formally inducted into the Society on April 8, 2021.



March 11, 2021
New Discovery

Nearly all human cancers, and particularly blood cancers, involve dysregulated gene expression – the wrong genes are switched on or the right ones are switched off. The molecule responsible for switching genes on and off is called a transcription factor. Identifying which transcription factor is misbehaving and how is often the key to developing effective cancer treatments.


February 22, 2021
New Discovery

A new study demonstrates the staying power of the immune response generated by a personalized cancer vaccine called NeoVax, which works by targeting specific proteins on each patient’s tumor cells to activate the body's immune system against the cancer.


January 28, 2021
New Discovery

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most difficult forms of cancer to treat effectively. Standard courses of chemotherapy drugs often come up short for patients, leading to a dismal 5-year relative survival rate of just 10%. And while the past few years’ transformative breakthroughs in immunotherapy have drastically improved the prognosis for many patients diagnosed with other forms of cancer, most pancreatic cancers have proved frustratingly resistant to immunotherapy alone.


January 25, 2021
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The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has named 15 new Damon Runyon Fellows at its fall Fellowship Award Committee review. The Fellowship encourages the nation's most promising young scientists to pursue careers in cancer research by providing them with independent funding ($231,000 total) to work on innovative projects. The Committee also named five new recipients of the Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists, which provides additional funding to scientists completing a Damon Runyon Fellowship Award who have greatly exceeded our highest expectations.


January 19, 2021
Awards and Honors


This year, thirteen Damon Runyon alumni were chosen as American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellows in honor of their invaluable contributions to science and technology.