am proud to report that our cancer research effort is burgeoning.
We have more than 200 scientists actively engaged in cancer research
at the medical center, on the Davis campus and at Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory. Exciting collaborations are flourishing among
scientists at all three sites, with tremendous potential for the
this issue of Synthesis, you will meet five of our gifted cancer
investigators: Hongwu Chen, Ronald Wisdom, Kenneth Kaplan, Karen
Lindfors and Alyson Mitchell. Chen, Wisdom and Kaplan are exploring
the molecular missteps that give rise to cancer, groundwork we hope
will lead to important new methods of preventing, diagnosing and
treating the disease. Lindfors is looking for a way to make mammograms
more accurate. Mitchell is studying how fruits and vegetables reduce
will also meet four very special members of our community in these
pages: Neil and Carla Andrews of Davis, and Virgil Traynor and Richard
Azevedo of Auburn. These good people help support the work of investigators
like Chen, Kaplan, Lindfors and Mitchell. The Andrews, who devoted
their careers to oncology, have agreed to donate a portion of their
estate to bolster cancer research at UC Davis. Traynor and Azevedo
are spearheading a community effort to create a million-dollar endowment
for the cancer center.
great cancer program truly depends on community contributions. Unlike
government and foundation grants, which most often foster well-established,
ongoing research efforts, charitable contributions can more easily
seed pioneering investigations -the kind that often blaze new trails
in medicine. Charitable contributions also play a major role in
the establishment of endowed professorships and chairs that enable
us to recruit nd retain top senior scientists.
role in the war on cancer very much relies on private philanthropy.
So do patients like Franklyn Barber, a remarkable young man who
was diagnosed with brain cancer three years ago. Franklyn, whose
story is told in this edition, is doing marvelously today following
treatment by Edie Zusman, leader of our brain tumor program, and
a team of multidisciplinary specialists. This brave boy is back
in school, playing ball and making the honor roll. We in the cancer
program are extremely grateful to all of you who help make happy
endings like this one possible.
deVere White, MD
Director, UC Davis Cancer Center
Table of Contents |
To our Readers |
Building on Basics
Focusing on Patients |
In Translation |
Campus Connection |
News in Brief
UC Davis Health System |
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