Damon Runyon News

October 20, 2020
Latest News

Six months after laboratories were shuttered due to COVID-19, most of our affected Damon Runyon scientists have restarted their research with limited hours in the lab. Often, this means working in shifts either early mornings, late nights, or on weekends to maintain social distancing guidelines.


October 20, 2020
Latest News

When Anthony and Lauren Terebetsky took their 7-year-old son, Ryan, to the hospital for blood tests, they were thinking about dinner, Ryan’s homework, their daughter starting spring softball, his job at the firehouse and hers as a teacher—not a life changing diagnosis.


October 15, 2020
New Discovery

Former Damon Runyon Innovator Guillem Pratx, PhD, and colleagues at Stanford University have devised a way to use a common imaging technology called positron emission tomography, or PET, to watch the movement of a single cell injected into a laboratory mouse in real time. 


October 15, 2020
New Discovery

In developing a treatment plan for a patient, doctors rely on genetic tests on biopsied tumors in bulk rather than individual cells, which fails to capture the full extent of cellular diversity within tumors. A more complete picture of what is happening in a lung cancer tumor could yield clues for effective therapies that may benefit patients. 


October 8, 2020
Awards and Honors

Seven Damon Runyon scientists are recipients of the National Institutes of Health's High-Risk, High-Reward Research awards that will fund highly innovative and unusually impactful biomedical research proposed by extraordinarily creative scientists.


October 7, 2020
Latest News

Though the Runyon 5K, like so many things, looked a little different this year than it has in the past, participants were undaunted by the transition to a virtual race. Between August 24 and October 4, more than 450 participants walked, ran, hiked, or biked a 5K along a course of their choosing to raise funds and awareness for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.


October 6, 2020
Blog


Damon Runyon Fellow Tikvah K. Hayes, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, discusses the importance of creating a more diverse environment in STEM careers so that the next generation of under represented researchers will have mentors and colleagues who can better guide them through their shared experiences.


September 25, 2020
New Discovery


Lung cancer is often missed in its earlier stages and, as a result, is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. To tackle this issue, Damon Runyon Fellow Aaron L. Moye, PhD, and colleagues have developed a platform to study early-stage lung cancer and to identify potential new treatments. 


September 25, 2020
New Discovery


Faster, cheaper diagnostic tests for COVID-19 could potentially help control the spread of disease and facilitate safe openings of schools and businesses. Former Damon Runyon Innovator Feng Zhang, PhD, and colleagues have developed a CRISPR-based diagnostic for COVID-19 that gives accurate results in less than an hour and, in principle, could be made inexpensively to allow for regular testing at home.


September 11, 2020
New Discovery


COVID-19 has mobilized scientists across the globe in an unprecedented effort to understand the SARS-CoV-2 virus and stop this disease. Some Damon Runyon scientists have temporarily pivoted their research to contribute to this critical goal by investigating how the virus enters human cells, developing more efficient testing, and searching for treatments.