The President of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Ronald A. DePinho, is scheduled to conduct a forum on a number of contemporary breakthroughs that have led to improved techniques in screening for, diagnosing, and treating cancer. These innovations have their roots in different disciplines, including biomarker analyses, genetics, stem cell technology, and studying genetically modified mice.
One of the more significant findings Dr. DePinho made was a direct relationship between age and one’s predisposition towards developing cancer. He was able to pinpoint several elements, namely “telomere dysfunction, an impaired ability of a cell to repair DNA damage, and the continued renewal of the epithelial layer of tissue that covers organs,” which come together to alter cellular DNA and make one susceptible to cancer.
This along with a number of other recent groundbreaking discoveries will be discussed during his “Cancer and Aging” session on May 22, 2014, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m, at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. A live webcast will also be available to anyone interested.
BioNews Texas has featured Dr. DePinho in quite a number of reports on advancements in cancer patient care and research. Last year, Dr. DePinho lauded the effort’s of MD Anderson’s Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship, which was founded in order to bring together all of MD Anderson’s resources into a comprehensive and multidisciplinary effort to tackle health issues such as the relationship between obesity and cancer. Click here to read more about him and his work.