Richard D. Kolodner Elected to Institute of Medicine

University of California, San Diego School of Medicine researchers Joseph G. Gleeson, MD, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and professor of neurosciences and pediatrics, and Richard D. Kolodner, PhD, professor of medicine and Ludwig Cancer Research scientist, have been named new members of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), considered among the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine. … Read the full story from the UC San Diego News Center


Dr. Richard KolodnerGeneticist and biochemist Richard D. Kolodner, PhD, is a distinguished professor in the departments of medicine (Division of Hematology-Oncology) and cellular and molecular medicine at UC San Diego.

Kolodner co-leads the Laboratory of Cancer Genetics in the San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, which is located at UC San Diego.

At the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, he co-leads the Cancer Genomes and Networks research program with Trey Ideker, PhD, and is a member of the faculty of the Cancer Therapeutics Training (CT2) Program.

He is also a member of the Institute for Genomic Medicine and the Biomedical Sciences graduate program.

Kolodner was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2000 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2008. His election to the Institute of Medicine brings to 10 the number of Department of Medicine faculty members who are members of the institute.

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Dr. Webster Cavenee Named a Fellow of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy

Dr. Webster Cavenee Webster K. Cavenee, PhD, distinguished professor of medicine and director of the UC San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, is one of five UCSD cancer researchers who have been named inaugural fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research Academy.

Election to the Academy recognizes researchers who have made exceptional contributions to cancer and/or cancer-related biomedical science. It is the highest honor given by the AACR.

Dr. Cavenee and the other honorees will be inducted into the Academy on April 5, the eve of the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Two from UCSD School of Medicine Named Members of the Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) today announced the names of 70 new members and 10 foreign associates during its 42nd annual meeting.  Included are two new members from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine: David A. Brenner, MD, vice chancellor for Health Sciences and dean of the UCSD School of Medicine, and Don W. Cleveland, PhD, chair of the UCSD Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, and professor of medicine, neurosciences, and cellular and molecular medicine at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. David BrennerA translational researcher, Dr. David Brenner investigates the molecular pathogenesis of fibrotic liver disease and the genetic basis of  liver disorders. He is a member of the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine.  |  Read his academic biography

DNA Mismatch Repair Happens Only During A Brief Window of Opportunity

In eukaryotes – the group of organisms that include humans – a key to survival is the ability of certain proteins to quickly and accurately repair genetic errors that occur when DNA is replicated to make new cells.

In a paper published in the December 23, 2011 issue of the journal Science, researchers at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have solved part of the mystery of how these proteins do their job… Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom

The new findings come from the Laboratory of Cancer Genetics in the San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, the departments of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine, the Moores Cancer Center, and the Institute for Genomic Medicine in the UCSD School of Medicine.

Senior investigator Richard D. Kolodner, PhD, head of the Laboratory of Cancer Genetics, is a professor in the departments of Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Medicine. First author Christopher D. Putnam, PhD, is assistant professor of medicine and coauthors Hans Hombauer and Anjana Srivatsan are postdoctoral fellows in the Kolodner laboratory.

Read the study report in Science

Scientists Show How Brain Tumors Outsmart Drugs

Drs. Webster Cavenee and Frank Furnari, UCSD Division of Hematology-Oncology and Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, led the study described in “Scientists Show How Brain Tumors Outsmart Drugs.”

Frank Furnari, PhD, is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology. He leads the Section of Human Carcinogenesis in the Laboratory of Tumor Biology at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

Webster K. Cavenee, PhD, is Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology.

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Dr. Webster Cavenee Elected AAAS Fellow

Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D.Dr. Webster K. Cavenee was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the November 2008 meeting of the AAAS Council.Dr. Cavenee is one of six UC San Diego faculty members to be elected AAAS Fellows in 2008. The new Fellows were recognized in a special ceremony at the 2009 AAAS Annual Meeting in Chicago in February.

Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D., is Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Professor in the Division of Hematology-Oncology at UC San Diego. He is a member of the Cancer Biology Program at the Moores UCSD Cancer Center.

In 2007, Dr. Cavenee was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

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Drs. Carson and Cavenee Win New Planning Grants from CIRM

Dr. Dennis CarsonDepartment of Medicine professors Dennis A. Carson, M.D., left, and Webster Cavenee, Ph.D., below right, are among several UC San Diego researchers to win new grants from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).

Dr. Webster CaveneeThe grants come from a CIRM program that provides seed funding for promising stem cell studies.The goal is to hasten the development of new treatments for specific diseases.

Dr. Carson, Director of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology.  His project will investigate new models for developing treatments that destroy leukemia stem cells.  |  Read the abstract of Dr. Carson’s project.

Dr. Cavenee, Director of the San Diego branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology. His study will explore the use of neural stem cells to treat brain tumors. Read the abstract of Dr. Cavenee’s project.

CIRM, a continuing partner and major contributor to UC San Diego’s stem cell research programs, announced the awards on June 27.

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Dr. Webster K. Cavenee Is Elected to the Institute of Medicine

Dr. Webster K. Cavenee
Webster K. Cavenee, Ph.D., has been elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Cavenee is Professor in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

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