A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Make an appointment: 800-826-HOPE
Developmental Cancer Therapeutics (DCT) Bookmark and Share

Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Program

Karen Aboody, M.D., Co-leader
Edward Newman, Ph.D., Co-leader
Program Members - If you would like an updated membership list, please contact Kim Lu at kilu@coh.org.
 
The long-term goal of the Developmental Cancer Therapeutics (DCT) Program is to develop more effective and less toxic treatments for cancer. This multidisciplinary program spans basic, translational and clinical research by fostering close collaborations among basic and clinical researchers. While the program continues its long-standing strength in evaluating cancer therapeutics developed by collaborators at other academic institutions and the pharmaceutical industry, the major emphasis of this program moving forward is on the development of novel, molecularly-targeted cancer therapeutics at City of Hope .
 
Our mission is not to compete with the pharmaceutical industry, but rather to complement cancer drug development and partner with the industry for the ultimate purpose of bringing innovative cancer therapies into the clinic.
 
Our major focus is on:

(a) unique molecular targets that may not be high priorities for the pharmaceutical industry,
(b) natural products screening and synthesis of natural product derivatives and
(c) matching targeted therapies with appropriate molecular subtypes of tumors.
 
Program Goals
  • To identify and validate new molecular targets for innovative cancer therapy approaches
  • To select and develop novel small-molecule inhibitors of promising molecular targets
  • To investigate molecular and pharmacologic mechanisms of drug action and drug delivery
  • To translate basic and preclinical studies into early phase clinical trials for treatment of cancer
 
DCT Members' Research
Members of the DCT Program have expertise in a wide spectrum of disciplines essential for development of innovative, molecularly-targeted cancer therapeutics. These include molecular target identification by gene expression profiling, target validation by RNAi approaches, lead compound selection by computational and high-throughput screening approaches, total synthesis of natural products and their derivatives, structure-activity relationships, combinatorial chemistry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and phase I and II clinical trials. This broad range of highly-specialized areas of expertise is focused on a concerted effort to develop new cancer therapeutics, from target identification through drug development to clinical trials.
 

Developmental Cancer Therapeutics (DCT)

Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Program

Karen Aboody, M.D., Co-leader
Edward Newman, Ph.D., Co-leader
Program Members - If you would like an updated membership list, please contact Kim Lu at kilu@coh.org.
 
The long-term goal of the Developmental Cancer Therapeutics (DCT) Program is to develop more effective and less toxic treatments for cancer. This multidisciplinary program spans basic, translational and clinical research by fostering close collaborations among basic and clinical researchers. While the program continues its long-standing strength in evaluating cancer therapeutics developed by collaborators at other academic institutions and the pharmaceutical industry, the major emphasis of this program moving forward is on the development of novel, molecularly-targeted cancer therapeutics at City of Hope .
 
Our mission is not to compete with the pharmaceutical industry, but rather to complement cancer drug development and partner with the industry for the ultimate purpose of bringing innovative cancer therapies into the clinic.
 
Our major focus is on:

(a) unique molecular targets that may not be high priorities for the pharmaceutical industry,
(b) natural products screening and synthesis of natural product derivatives and
(c) matching targeted therapies with appropriate molecular subtypes of tumors.
 
Program Goals
  • To identify and validate new molecular targets for innovative cancer therapy approaches
  • To select and develop novel small-molecule inhibitors of promising molecular targets
  • To investigate molecular and pharmacologic mechanisms of drug action and drug delivery
  • To translate basic and preclinical studies into early phase clinical trials for treatment of cancer
 
DCT Members' Research
Members of the DCT Program have expertise in a wide spectrum of disciplines essential for development of innovative, molecularly-targeted cancer therapeutics. These include molecular target identification by gene expression profiling, target validation by RNAi approaches, lead compound selection by computational and high-throughput screening approaches, total synthesis of natural products and their derivatives, structure-activity relationships, combinatorial chemistry, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, and phase I and II clinical trials. This broad range of highly-specialized areas of expertise is focused on a concerted effort to develop new cancer therapeutics, from target identification through drug development to clinical trials.
 
Research Shared Services

City of Hope embodies the spirit of scientific collaboration by sharing services and core facilities with colleagues here and around the world.
 

Clinical Trials
Our aggressive pursuit to discover better ways to help patients now – not years from now – places us among the leaders worldwide in the administration of clinical trials.
 
Learn more about City of Hope's institutional distinctions, breakthrough innovations and collaborations.
Discover the wide range of progressive cancer treatment options at City of Hope designed to meet the individual needs of each patient. Here, medical research and clinical care are integrated, speeding the application of scientific discoveries toward better, more effective patient cancer treatments.
City of Hope Breakthroughs
Get the latest in City of Hope's research, treatment and news you can use on our blog, Breakthroughs.
 
 
When you support City of Hope, you help us shorten the time it takes to get from bold, innovative ideas to powerful new medical treatments. Make a gift online now.
NEWS & UPDATES
  • Thyroid cancer has become one of the fastest-growing cancers in the United States for both men and women. The chance of being diagnosed with the cancer has nearly doubled since 1990. This year an estimated 63,000 people will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the United States and nearly 1,900 people will die ...
  • Older teenagers and young adults traditionally face worse outcomes than younger children when diagnosed with brain cancer and other central nervous system tumors. A first-of-its-kind study shows why. A team of researchers from the departments of Population Sciences and Pathology at City of Hope recently examine...
  • Cancer treatment can take a toll on the mouth, even if a patient’s cancer has nothing to do with the head or throat, leading to a dry mouth, or a very sore mouth, and making it difficult to swallow or eat. Here’s some advice from the National Cancer Institute (NCI)  on how to ease cancer-related dis...
  • Radiation oncology is one of the three main specialties involved in the successful treatment of cancer, along with surgical oncology and medical oncology. Experts in this field, known as radiation oncologists, advise patients as to whether radiation therapy will be useful for their cancer – and how it can best ...
  • There’s more to cancer care than simply helping patients survive. There’s more to cancer treatment than simple survival. Constant pain should not be part of conquering cancer,  insists Betty Ferrell, Ph.D., R.N., director of nursing research and education at City of Hope. She wants patients and caregivers...
  • Even its name is daunting. Systemic mastocytosis is a fatal disease of the blood with no known cure. But a new study suggests a bone marrow transplant may be the answer for some patients. While rare, systemic mastocytosis is resistant to treatment with drugs and, when aggressive, can be fatal within four years ...
  • Could what you eat affect the health of your chromosomes? The short answer is, “Yes.” Researchers led by Dustin Schones, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Cancer Biology, and Rama Natarajan, Ph.D., director of the Division of Molecular Diabetes Research and the National Business Products Industry ...
  • September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. Here, Bertram Yuh, M.D., assistant clinical professor in the Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology at City of Hope, explains the importance of understanding the risk factors for the disease and ways to reduce those risks, as well as overall prostate health. “Wha...
  • ** Learn more about prostate health, plus prostate cancer research and treatment, at City of Hope. ** Learn more about getting a second opinion at City of Hope by visiting us online or by calling 800-826-HOPE (4673). City of Hope staff will explain what’s required for a consult at City of Hope and help yo...
  • Childhood cancer survival rates have increased dramatically over the past 40 years. More than 80 percent of children with cancer now survive five years or more, which is a tremendous feat. Despite the survival rate increase, cancer continues to be the No. 1 disease killer and second-leading cause of death in ch...
  • Although a stem cell transplant can be a lifesaving procedure for people diagnosed with a blood cancer or blood disorder, the standard transplant may not be appropriate for all patients. This is because the conditioning regimen (the intensive chemotherapy and/or radiation treatments preceding the transplant) is...
  • Brain tumor removal would seem to be the obvious course of action in the wake of a brain tumor diagnosis, but that’s not always the case. Some tumors are too difficult for many surgeons to reach or too close to areas that control vital functions. Removing them just proves too risky. A new device being con...
  • Hijacking the same sorts of viruses that cause HIV and using them to reprogram immune cells to fight cancer sounds like stuff of the future. Some scientists believe that the future is closer than we think – and are now studying the approach in clinical trials at City of Hope. Immunotherapy is a promising approa...
  • Jennifer Linehan, M.D., an assistant clinical professor in City of Hope’s Division of Urology and Urologic Oncology in Antelope Valley, thought she knew all there was to know about treating prostate cancer. Then her father was diagnosed with the disease. This is her story. ** My father is 69 years old, has no h...
  • Nausea is the one of the most well-known, and dreaded, side effects of cancer treatment — and with good reason. Beyond the quality-of-life issues that it causes, severe nausea can prevent patients from receiving enough nutrients and calories at a time when they need every edge they can get. A few simple actions...