Developmental Protein Plays Role in Spread of Cancer

A protein used by embryo cells during early development, and recently found in many different types of cancer, apparently serves as a switch regulating the spread of cancer, known as metastasis, report researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center in the June 15, 2013 issue of the journal Cancer Research. … Read the full story from the UCSD Newsroom


Dr. Thomas Kipps

Dr. Thomas Kipps

Thomas Kipps, MD, PhD, Evelyn and Edwin Tasch Chair in Cancer Research, is principal investigator of the study reported in Cancer Research.

Kipps is professor of medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and deputy director of research at the UCSD Moores Cancer Center.

All study coauthors are affiliated with the Department of Medicine and the Moores Cancer Center.

Citation for the published study: Cui B, Zhang S, Chen L, Yu J, Widhopf GF II, Fecteau J-F, Rassenti LZ, and Kipps TJ. Targeting ROR1 Inhibits Epithelial–Mesenchymal Transition and Metastasis. doi: 10.1158/0008-5472.CAN-12-3832 Cancer Res June 15, 2013 73; 3649  |  Read the abstract

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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