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Distinguished epidemiologist joins VCU School of Medicine and Massey Cancer Center

Aug 31, 2021

Emmanuel A. Taylor, MSc, DrPH, has had a long career working to reduce health disparities. For the last 17 years, he served as health scientist administrator and program director in the Office of the Director of the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) at the National Cancer Institute ...

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Massey researchers awarded $1.3M to examine whether potential e-cigarette flavor regulations influence smoking reduction among African American menthol smokers

Aug 23, 2021

Tobacco use is the most preventable cause of death in the U.S., and cigarette smoking increases the risk of a wide variety of cancers. Previous research suggests that e-cigarettes may serve as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes; however, less is known regarding the effect of e-ciga...


Cancer patients use less marijuana than general public

Aug 13, 2021

Study shows that between 2013-2018, as many states were legalizing recreational marijuana, cancer patients continued to abstain in large numbers Richmond, Va. — Aug. 13, 2021 — Last month, three states – Virginia, South Dakota and Connecticut – joined the ranks of more than a dozen others that have ...

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Massey biologist awarded $2.8M to identify novel drug targets for HPV-related cancers

Aug 05, 2021

Human papillomaviruses (HPV) are the most common sexually transmitted infection. Ordinarily these infections are resolved by the body’s immune responses, but if the virus evades these, it can lead to multiple health complications such as genital warts and a variety of cancers, including cervical can...

Research, Prevention & Control

Researchers envision better health interventions for men who have sex with men

Aug 03, 2021

While much of the health research around men who have sex with men (MSM) involves HIV, these communities are at increased risk for other health problems including certain types of cancer, substance use and mental health issues. A new scoping review by VCU School of Medicine and Massey Cancer Center ...

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Massey scientists awarded $2.3M to investigate treatment options for advanced prostate cancer

Jul 12, 2021

Prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in men in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). It grows slowly and has a positive prognosis if detected early; however, prostate cancer typically spreads to the bone wh...

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Massey researcher awarded $1.3M to identify environmental risks for bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Jul 02, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher David Wheeler, M.P.H., Ph.D., was awarded more than $1.3 million in total funding through a U01 grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to better understand environmental, geographic and socioeconomic risk factors that lead to bladder cancer and non-Hodgkin...

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American Cancer Society grant fuels the development of triple-negative breast cancer treatments

Jun 28, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center scientist Senthil Radhakrishnan, Ph.D., has been awarded $792,000 over four years by the American Cancer Society to explore a new approach to treating triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC). TNBC accounts for about 15 percent of all breast cancers diagnosed and disproportiona...


Massey researcher examines how to reduce cancer disparities and improve quality of care for the LGBTQ+ population

Jun 22, 2021

To commemorate Pride Month 2021, the Biden administration issued a proclamation that celebrates the accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community but also acknowledges the ongoing struggle to secure equity for this population in many areas impacted by government policy, including health care. In line wit...


Vulnerability in mutant KRAS pancreatic tumors discovered and targeted

Jun 16, 2021

Pancreatic cancer is an aggressive disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the pancreas, a long and flat gland located behind the stomach that helps with digestion and blood sugar regulation. Because pancreatic cancer is difficult to detect early, it is associated with a low survival...

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Sheppard receives Professional Achievement Award from VCU School of Medicine

Jun 09, 2021

Vanessa B. Sheppard, Ph.D., was recently conferred the 2021 Women in Science, Dentistry and Medicine Professional Achievement Award from the VCU School of Medicine. Sheppard is the Theresa A. Thomas Memorial Chair in Cancer Prevention and Control and associate director for community outreach, engage...


Massey researcher honored with esteemed statistical applications award

Jun 07, 2021

Dipankar Bandyopadhyay, Ph.D., a research member at VCU Massey Cancer Center and the director of Massey’s Biostatistics Shared Resource, recently won the 2021 Outstanding Statistical Applications Award from the American Statistical Association (ASA) for his paper “Bayesian Nonparametric Policy Searc...

Prevention & Control, Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Gray Matters: Advances in neuro-oncology

May 27, 2021

On Thursday, May 20, in honor of Brain Cancer Awareness Month, VCU Massey Cancer Center’s neuro-oncology team presented an “Insider’s Experience” virtual panel presentation highlighting critical breakthroughs and advances in neuro-oncology that are improving care of patients with brain cancer. “[Ou...


Clinical trial tests new lifestyle program aimed at addressing obesity in young men

May 25, 2021

Young men with obesity are at risk for developing a host of health complications, including cancer, heart disease and cardiometabolic disease. To better understand the behaviors that contribute to obesity in this demographic and identify solutions, researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center are testing...

Clinical, Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

2021 Clinical Trials Day is May 20

May 20, 2021

In March 2020, when the pandemic hit, there were no approved treatments or vaccines for COVID-19. A little more than a year later, much of the world is being vaccinated, and fewer people with COVID-19 are dying — kept alive and off ventilators with the help of approved treatments. None of that woul...


‘No Level of Smoke Exposure is Safe’

May 19, 2021

Nearly a quarter of pregnant women say they’ve been around secondhand smoke – in their homes, at work, around a friend or relative – which, according to new research, is linked to epigenetic changes – meaning changes to how genes are regulated rather than changes to the genetic code itself – in babi...


Postdoc Sean Koebley receives Spring 2021 VCU Science Communication Award

May 10, 2021

Sean Koebley, Ph.D., was recently bestowed the 2021 VCU Science Communication Award for his presentation: “Goodbye, P-value: Practical Bayesian Statistics To Replace Frequentist Statistics.” Koebley is a postdoctoral fellow in the Physics Department at VCU, where he works with VCU Massey Cancer Cent...

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Spiegel named to first class of prestigious international fellows program

May 06, 2021

VCU Massey Cancer Center researcher Sarah Spiegel, Ph.D., was recently named as one of 30 scientists among the first-ever class of an international fellows program established by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The ASBMB launched this honorific program to recogn...

Research, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Black and Latinx surgeons continue to hit glass ceiling in America

May 05, 2021

Among the upper echelons of academic surgery, Black and Latinx representation has remained flat over the past six years, according to a study published today in JAMA Surgery by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center and University of Florida Health. The study tracked t...


Engineering T cells to attack cancer broadly

Apr 30, 2021

Through T cell engineering, researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center show that it’s possible to arrest tumor growth for a variety of cancers and squash the spread of cancer to other tissues. This research will be published in tomorrow’s print edition of Cancer Research. ...

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