Dr. Ian Thompson, director of the San Antonio’s Cancer Therapy and Research Center at the UT Health Science Center, recently praised the groundbreaking scientific research on cancer currently underway by San Antonio’s-based scientists, saying that they should “be proud” of all their achievements.
Thompson shared his pride for the burgeoning cancer research community in San Antonio as part of an article he personally penned for the Express-News, entitled, “Be Proud, S. A., of cancer work.”
Thompson’s article was published just after the journal’s front page article, which ran with the headline and story, “Texas Scientist may have key in cancer war,” which highlighted another pioneering cancer researcher working within the UT System, MD Anderson’s Dr. Jim Allison, who has made numerous headlines over the past year with regard to his groundbreaking research into cancer innumotherapy. Allison, whose wish and defining principle as a researcher — even more than curing cancer — is “to be the first person on the planet to know something,” has dedicated his life to the research of the immune defense system’s role in fighting cancer. Specifically, his major finding is related to the use of a protein on T-Cells that allows them to identify and fight cancer cells without damaging healthy ones.
In the article, Thompson gave notice of some of the research on cancer developed in San Antonio. as, for example,the work of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center, San Antonio, scientist Tyler Curiel. Curiel has been working with local and international scientists in various areas of cancer research, and currently is engaged in trying to establish the connection between cancer and autoimmune diseases like lupus.
He also leads a European-based consortium that is trying to understand how cancer deceives the immune system and is hoping to create antibodies that can be tested on humans. Curiel has been testing Allison’s technology to fabricate improved T-Cells to treat ovarian cancer with the support of the Ovarian Research Foundation.In these three projects, Curiel managed to get a support of $2,450,000.
To Thompson, cancer remains a serious disease with a great impact on people who suffer from it. Inspite of all the hard work of the scientific community, many questions still don’t have an answer. Any further finding represents a victory, not only for scientists, but also for people.”Important discoveries are being made right here in San Antonio, benefiting first our own population in south Texas, but also the world,” he writes.