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Former NIH director on the Cancer Moonshot, a silent epidemic and more on Facts & Faith Fridays

Feb 03, 2023

On his return visit to VCU Massey Cancer Center’s Facts & Faith Fridays, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., was eager to talk about his current passion projects as acting science advisor to the president, from the Cancer Moonshot to the hepatitis C epidemic. Collins, the former director of the National I...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Community seed grant in review 2022: Fifth Baptist Church

Feb 01, 2023

During the earliest days of the novel coronavirus pandemic in 2020, the leaders of Fifth Baptist Church in Richmond realized that underlying health issues often contributed to the outcomes of individuals who contracted COVID. At that time, they adopted a mission for their community to be as healthy ...

Center News & Funding, Research

Metabolized sugar and fat could offer key insights into prostate cancer disparities among African American men

Jan 26, 2023

African American men are more likely to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and are twice as likely to die from the disease compared to white men, according to the National Cancer Institute (NCI). David Turner, Ph.D., member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at VCU Massey Cancer Ce...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

Community seed grant in review 2022: Ebenezer Baptist Church

Jan 25, 2023

The mission of Ebenezer Baptist Church is to “Love People and Empower Our Community.” In 2022, the Richmond, Va. church used a seed grant from VCU Massey Cancer Center to offer community members the tools they need to make informed decisions about their health. Awarded through the Massey Community ...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research, Center News & Funding

Conference highlights Massey’s research partnership to create a firefighter cancer registry

Jan 24, 2023

Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate director for population science and the Gordon D. Ginder, M.D., chair in cancer research at VCU Massey Cancer Center, presented at the Virginia Professional Fire Fighters (VPFF) Legislative Conference on Jan. 18 about the creation of a firefighter cancer r...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity, Research

VCU Massey Cancer Center recognized for clinical trial enrollment efforts

Jan 23, 2023

VCU Massey Cancer Center has earned a spot as a top accruer with the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, a national clinical trials network sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Massey’s Minority/Underserved NCI Community Oncology Research Program (MU-NCORP) ranked 30th among the A...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Former NIH director to feature on Facts & Faith Fridays

Jan 20, 2023

On Friday, January 27, Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., former director of the National Institutes of Health and current special advisor for special projects for the White House, will join Massey Cancer Center’s Facts and Faith Fridays for a virtual discussion on the state of science and community out...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Community seed grant in review 2022: Vance Street Missionary Baptist Church

Jan 18, 2023

Vance Street Missionary Baptist Church (VSMBC) in Danville, Va. is committed to providing a "safe place" for people to gather and engage in meaningful dialogue with healthcare professionals. As a 2022 VCU Massey Cancer Center seed grant recipient, VSMBC was able to expand its efforts in September by...

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Massey’s Cellular Immunotherapies and Transplant Program expands with new clinic space

Jan 12, 2023

The outpatient clinic for the Cellular Immunotherapies and Transplant Program at VCU Massey Cancer Center has moved to a new, larger space on the ground floor of VCU Health’s North Hospital, accommodating the growth of the program’s capabilities for stem cell and bone marrow transplantation, as well...

Center News & Funding, Community Engagement & Health Equity

Community seed grant in review 2022: World U.P. Foundation

Jan 11, 2023

Access to fresh produce is limited in several Richmond neighborhoods, contributing to health and cancer disparities. The World U.P. Foundation launched its Mobile Produce Pantry to offer residents more options for fruits and vegetables in so-called food deserts across the city. In 2022, VCU Massey C...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

Community seed grant in review 2022: Trials of Color

Jan 04, 2023

The Trials of Color (TOC) “Teach One Reach One” project aims to raise colorectal cancer (CRC) awareness among underserved and minority populations in Petersburg, Va., with a special focus on prevention, screening and education in the Black community. In 2022, TOC received a $5,000 seed grant from th...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

Community seed grant in review 2022: Northern Neck Middlesex Free Health Clinic

Dec 27, 2022

The Northern Neck Middlesex Free Health Clinic (NNMFHC) recognizes that oral health significantly impacts the overall health and outcomes of its patients. To expand upon the services it provides, NNMFHC implemented an oral cancer screening program, funded in part by a VCU Massey Cancer Center 2022 s...

Center News & Funding, Adult Outpatient Pavilion

Massey patient Ali Antourakis and VCU Health leaders give thanks for the new Adult Outpatient Pavilion

Dec 21, 2022

For cancer survivor and new mom Ali Antourakis, the feeling is one of gratitude. She is grateful to be celebrating another year around the sun. She is grateful for her husband and family, and their new baby. And she is grateful for VCU Health and VCU Massey Cancer Center’s new Adult Outpatient Pavil...

Community Engagement & Health Equity, Center News & Funding

Community seed grant in review 2022: Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation

Dec 20, 2022

In 2022, VCU Massey Cancer Center awarded $5,000 to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation (VBCF) as part of the Community Grant Initiative. VBCF, a statewide, Richmond-based nonprofit, is committed to the eradication of breast cancer through education and advocacy.   VBCF used the Massey seed grant ...

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2022 in review: The year’s top stories from Massey Cancer Center

Dec 19, 2022

This year, VCU Massey Cancer Center clinicians, researchers and staff once again dedicated their efforts to delivering innovative, patient-centered care informed by cutting-edge research and community conversations. Here are some of the top stories highlighting those efforts in 2022: Ovarian cancer...

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Fauci to join Facts & Faith Fridays to discuss COVID-19, vaccines and public health

Nov 29, 2022

On Friday, December 16, 2022, Anthony Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and one of the nation’s leading experts on COVID-19, will join Massey Cancer Center’s Facts and Faith Fridays for his second virtual discussion on COVID-19, vaccines and p...

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Massey researchers receive grants totaling more than $5 million for breast cancer-related studies

Oct 19, 2022

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women in the United States, and its incidence has incrementally increased over the past three decades. Minority populations are more significantly affected: breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among Hispanic women, and Black women hav...

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VCU to lead $114 million Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program established by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation

Oct 12, 2022

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) announced Wednesday that it is partnering with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation (BMSF) and working alongside the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and Gilead Sciences, Inc. to lead the implementation of the Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical ...

Research, Center News & Funding, Prevention & Control, Clinical

Massey awards new round of pilot grants for early-career cancer investigators

Sep 23, 2022

VCU Massey Cancer Center recently awarded a total of $200,000 to five early-career cancer researchers through its Institutional Research Grant (IRG) from the American Cancer Society (ACS) – a program that has been providing seed money to junior investigators at the university for nearly 50 years. T...

Center News & Funding, Research, Clinical, Prevention & Control

NCI-funded project aims to reduce racial disparities in cancer genetic counseling

Sep 13, 2022

A project led by Virginia Commonwealth University researchers and funded last month by the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, aims to reduce racial cancer disparities in the United States by studying what happens during the genetic counseling process that results i...

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