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In Remembrance of Dr. Zena Werb

The National Foundation for Cancer Research honors the life of Dr. Zena Werb, who passed on June 16th, 2020.  A world-renowned cell biologist, Dr. Werb was professor and vice-chair in the Department of Anatomy at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and associate director for basic science at the…...

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Brian Leyland-Jones: Now Is the Time!

“This is the transformative time in oncology,” heralds Brian Leyland-Jones, M.B., B.S., Ph.D., and there is no spin doctoring in the statement by the member of the National Foundation for Cancer Research’s scientific advisory board. From genomics to targeted therapies to vaccinations, the last 40 years has seen more strides…...

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In Remembrance of Dr. Waun Ki Hong

The National Foundation for Cancer Research remembers and recognizes the contributions of Waun Ki Hong, M.D., F.A.C.P., D.M.Sc. (Hon.), who passed away on January 2, 2019, at the age of 76. Born in 1942 in what is now South Korea, amidst World War II and before the 1945 political division…...

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Hormone Therapy: Influencing Breast Cancer Treatment and Beyond

While recent medical discoveries, from drugs to imaging techniques, continue to revolutionize cancer care, none of them would be possible without foundations having been laid years, or even decades, earlier. Groundbreaking work by the late endocrinologist Jack Gorski, Ph.D., who passed away in 2006 and was funded by the National…...

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In Remembrance of Dr. Aaron Klug

       The National Foundation for Cancer Research remembers and recognizes the contributions of Aaron Klug, Ph.D., who passed away on November 20, 2018, at the age of 92. Born in Lithuania to a Jewish family in 1926, Aaron Klug grew up in South Africa and moved to the…...

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Dr. John Schiller Discusses the Power of NFCR Funding

Dr. Schiller and Dr. Lowy’s work is made possible through funding from foundations like NFCR that support innovative outside the box research responsible for major medical discoveries. See why Dr. Schiller thinks funding a wider range of research has the possibility of making a big impact.  ...

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Liquid Biopsy Advances: Capturing Metastatic Cancer Cells

A novel instrument for detecting cancer cells in the blood could lead to individualized cancer treatments for patients suffering metastasis. Developed by a Massachusetts General Hospital team led by Daniel Haber, M.D., Ph.D., a renowned cancer scientists supported by the National Foundation for Cancer Research since 2003, the business card-sized…...

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Dr. Doug Lowy on the Future of Cancer Research

Dr. Lowy, in collaboration with Dr. John Schiller, has been awarded the 2018 Szent-Györgyi prize for Progress in Cancer Research for their development of a preventive vaccine for human papilloma virus, which is the leading cause of cervical cancer cases. See why Dr. Lowy thinks that the problems with cancer…...

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Artemisinin Therapies: Connecting the Dots

You wouldn’t think it, but the science cannot be denied: One of the newest and most promising drug candidates for cancer was actually developed all the way back in 1972. For malaria. “There were some hints in the literature, but we were totally ignorant,” admits Curt Civin, M.D., whose work…...

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