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Cancer Cell Signaling program welcomes Francesco S. Celi as research member

VCU Massey Cancer Center welcomes Francesco S. Celi, M.D., M.H.Sc., as a research member in the Cancer Cell Signaling program. Celi joined VCU last year as a professor of internal medicine and chair of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Since then, he has been a member of Massey’s Metabolism and Cancer Research Working Group.

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Massey researcher receives NIH grant to study unknown factors controlling adaptive low-oxygen cell response that aids in cancer growth

Massey researcher Keith Baker, Ph.D., received a $219,030 Exploratory/Developmental Research (R21) grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify the components that help cells adapt and survive in low-oxygen conditions that occur in novel cell signaling pathways. Low-oxygen responses typically occur in the Hypoxia-Inducible Factor (HIF) pathway, but Baker will be looking at the responses that occur in independent signaling pathways. This study will be the first of its kind that will specifically assess HIF-independent low-oxygen responses in an intact organism.

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Poems by former VCU Massey medical oncologist published

A collection of personal poems by the late Susan Mellette, M.D., who was a distinguished oncologist at VCU Massey Cancer Center, have been compiled by the author’s son and daughter and published in a book called Fighting Cancer One Patient at a Time: The Poems of Dr. Susan J. Mellette.

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Massey researcher awarded ACS grant to study communication barriers between African Americans and physicians about clinical trials

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researcher Richard Brown, Ph.D., has been awarded a nearly $1 million Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society to test tailored messaging that would aid African Americans in making decisions about enrolling in therapeutic cancer clinical trials.

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Massey physicians voted as Richmond’s Top Doctors

For the fifth year in a row and 12th year overall, VCU Massey Cancer Center physicians were recognized as “Top Docs” in Richmond Magazine’s April 2015 issue.

Making the list were 28 doctors from various specialties at VCU Medical Center who provide oncology-related care to Massey's patients. The selections were the result of a survey that asked Richmond-area physicians who they would recommend in a range of specialties.

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