Shipley Center Website Offers Prostate Cancer Facts for Patients

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Written by: Rich Barlow | Source: BUToday One in every seven men in the United States will get prostate cancer, making it the second most common type, after skin cancer, for American men. It tends to be a slow-growing disease but can sprint to life-threatening severity if detected too late. Screening for... More

Avrum Spira Receives Entrepreneur Award from the American Thoracic Society

Avrum Spira, MD, MSc, professor of medicine, pathology and bioinformatics at BUSM, is the inaugural recipient of the Research Innovation and Translation Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society (ATS). Spira, who also directs the BU-BMC Cancer Center, was recognized for the translational impact his work has had on early detection... More

BU Paves Way for Avi Spira’s $10M-Plus Partnership with Industry

Major pharma company supports research into early diagnosis—and prevention—of COPD and lung cancer As a pulmonary physician scientist, Avi Spira is driven to get his breakthroughs in molecular biomarkers for the early diagnosis of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) into clinical care. “I’m a doctor, I want to... More

Finding Lung Cancer in the Nose

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Written by: Barbara Moran | Source: BUToday Lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States—and in the world. According to the National Cancer Institute, it accounts for more than a quarter of cancer deaths in this country, killing about 158,000 people in 2016. Because lung cancer is so... More

Nasal Swab Shows Promise in Confirming Lung Cancers

Monday, February 27, 2017 Written by: Randy Dotinga | Source: HealthDay News Lung cancer remains by far the leading cancer killer because it is so often caught too late. But researchers now say it may someday be possible to quickly confirm the disease after a CT scan, by using a simple nasal swab. The key... More

Six Junior Faculty Receive Career Development Awards

Written by: Amy Laskowski | Source: Bostonia Jerry Chen received quite a present just three months after arriving at BU. Chen, a College of Arts & Sciences assistant professor of biology, is the winner of this year’s Stuart and Elizabeth Pratt Career Development Professorship, which highlights excellence within CAS. A neuroscientist who uses... More

Cancer Treatment Goes Local

Written By: Sara Elizabeth Cody | Source: BU Research When it comes to treating cancer, one Boston University researcher is going local. Mark Grinstaff, a BU College of Engineering professor of biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering, published two studies in January 2016 that offer new approaches to the treatment of two intractable... More

New Proteins Discovered that Link Obesity-driven Diabetes to Cancer

March 23, 2016 | Source: BUSM For the first time, researchers have determined how bromodomain (BRD) proteins work in type 2 diabetes, which may lead to a better understanding of the link between adult-onset diabetes and certain cancers.  The findings, which appear in PLoS ONE, show that reducing levels in pancreatic beta... More