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Bringing legendary science faculty to Notre Dame

Author: Gene Stowe

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During the one year anniversary of the death of Fr. Hesburgh, the College of Science recalls and appreciates the impact that he had on science at Notre Dame.
 
When former Notre Dame President Father John J. Cavanaugh challenged “Where are the Catholic Salks, Oppenheimers, and Einsteins?” in a widely-read essay in the late 1950s, Father Theodore Hesburgh was already in the process of providing an answer. In both direct action, from building facilities to recruiting top scholars, and cultural transformation, from welcoming women students to asserting academic freedom, Hesburgh laid the foundations for the College of Science’s accelerating research, discovery, and mission-driven entrepreneurship in the 21st century. 
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The Power of Collaboration

Author: Jenna Bilinski

The Harper Cancer Research Institute believes in the power of collaboration to change the way we fight cancer. The greatest minds throughout the University of Notre Dame are brought together, whether its chemistry, engineering, biology, physics, mathematics or psychology, to create teams to work on cancer specific problems. Read More

Bohn appointed co-editor of Annual Reviews of Analytical Chemistry

Author: Gene Stowe

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Paul W. Bohn, the Arthur J. Schmitt Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and concurrent professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been appointed to the editorship of Annual Reviews of Analytical Chemistry, the most highly cited publication in the field. Bohn, who has served four years on the journal’s international board, will serve a four-year term as co-editor.

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New formulation of FDA-approved drug may help treat Niemann-Pick Type C disease

Author: William G. Gilroy

kasturi_square Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease is a rare, fatal neurodegenerative disease for which there is currently no cure. NPC primarily strikes children before and during adolescence and affects one in every 150,000 children. Researchers Kasturi Haldar, the Nieuwland Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Parsons-Quinn Director of the Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases in the College of Science, and Dr. Suhail Alam and Michelle Getz in the Center for Rare and Neglected Diseases used existing FDA-approved drugs in a novel approach to treatment with promising results. Read More

CALL FOR PROPOSALS--ACS Institutional Research Grant

Author: Jenna Bilinski

The Harper Cancer Research Institute is pleased to announce the availability of funds for new pilot projects to assist new investigators who hold the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track). These funds are from the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG). This grant provides support for beginning investigators to enable them to initiate their independent research program.  Read More

Mouse Models Advancing Cancer Research

Author: Jenna Bilinski

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Ironically, my first attempted interview with Dr. Reginald Hill was postponed due to a mouse in his office. I arrived for our interview and was greeted by Hill and his lab members holding trash cans and flash lights attempting to trap the critter. “I promise this is not one of my mice!” said Hill.   Read more... Read More

World Cancer Day 2016

Author: Jenna Bilinski

Today, February 4th, is designated as World Cancer Day. A truly global event taking place every year on February 4th, uniting the world’s population in the fight against cancer. Join us in the fight. Read more...  Read More

Cancer too complex for a magic bullet: Resources to support research are needed, expert says

Author: William G. Gilroy

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Thursday (Feb. 4) marks World Cancer Day. World Cancer Day was established by the Paris Charter adopted at the World Summit Against Cancer for the New Millennium in Paris on Feb. 4, 2000. The goals of the charter are the promotion of research to cure as well as prevent the disease, upgrades to the provided services to the patients, the sensitization of the common opinion and the mobilization of the global community against cancer.  Read More

Tissue Bank On the Rise

Author: Jenna Bilinski

During a massive snow storm a couple years ago I received a phone call about consenting a patient.  It was a young woman, newlywed, who just found out she had cancer. She was told that she had to have an immediate hysterectomy and that she would never be able to have children. It is times like these I return to my car and cry,” says Toni Page-Mayberry, Tissue Biorepository Consent Coordinator at the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI), as she reflects on one of her most memorable patients. In this interview, Page-Mayberry describes her role at the Institute and what it means to donate to the tissue bank. Read More