UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is distinct in its commitment to team science — uniting the expertise of UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to speed progress on cancer discovery. The individuals who make up those teams are distinct as well in the talent and dedication they offer in finding new treatments, preventions and, eventually, cures for cancer. Here is your chance to meet some of them.
Neil Hunter: Understanding genomic instability
Cancers occur when genetic changes, or mutations, occur in genes that control normal cell activity. The mutations allow cells to grow and divide uncontrollably, ultimately leading to cancer.
Laura Marcu: Distinguishing normal from malignant tissue
One way to better the odds of survival for patients with brain tumors is to improve the way neurosurgeons determine whether or not they have removed all cancerous cells. If just a few cells are left behind, the cancer will recur in a short time.
Chong-xian Pan: Revolutionizing cancer care
The era of the Human Genome Project has given rise to a new field called molecular oncology that promises to dramatically improve cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment.
Rachel Pollard: A fascinating new way to treat cancer
Some of the most promising cancer research of our time involves treating cancer by cutting off the blood supply to solid tumors. Inhibiting the growth of new blood vessels, a process called angiogenesis, in tumors was shown to be effective in animal models and has begun to show promise in ongoing human clinical trials.
Julie Sutcliffe: Researcher and survivor improves cancer imaging
When Julie Sutcliffe was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, she found herself the beneficiary of her own experiments and the expertise of her colleagues.
Joe Tuscano: Seeks alternative approach to lymphoma
It wasn’t serendipity that led Napa winemaker Norman deLeuze to UC Davis oncologist and researcher Joe Tuscano.
Soichiro Yamada: Young investigator wins prestigious award for cancer cell research
Soichiro Yamada likes to think of cancer-cell behavior in terms of a favorite piece of playground equipment: the jungle gym.