The Helix Blog

The Helix Blog gives voice to City of Hope graduate students and their research.

City of Hope Neurosurgeon, Behnam Badie, M.D.
Patient and Pioneer Richard Grady: His Contributions to Advance Our Research in Treating Brain Tumors Is His Lasting Legacy

August 2, 2017 | Behnam Badie, M.D., F.A.C.S.

My life is devoted to finding a cure for brain cancer. Patients come to us seeking miracles, but often what they give us back is invaluable knowledge. Throughout history, patients have helped revolutionize science and medicine. Many patients, like my dad, do not survive. But they leave behind a legacy of knowledge and hope for other patients today, and for future generations. Richard Grady was that kind of patient.

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Inside the Lab: Preventing breast cancer from invading the brain

July 24, 2017 | Denise Heady

A study led by City of Hope neurosurgeon and scientist Rahul Jandial, M.D., Ph.D., offers novel insights on how cancer cells in HER2-positive breast cancer develop the ability to break through the blood-brain barrier and, ultimately, how they can be stopped.

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City of Hope researchers find CAR-T cell therapy effective in treatment of glioblastoma

July 17, 2017 | Denise Heady

City of Hope researchers have found that using CAR-T therapy, a type of immunotherapy, can be effective in the treatment of glioblastoma — one of the most aggressive brain tumors known to medicine.

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City of Hope collaborates with The Jackson Laboratory to help speed research discoveries into cures

July 11, 2017 | Denise Heady

A collaboration with The Jackson Laboratory expands access to leading-edge research capabilities to find new treatments for life-threatening diseases.

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City of Hope Aims to Cure Type 1 Diabetes in Six Years

July 11, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute is committed to developing a cure for type 1 diabetes within six years, fueled by a $50 million funding program led by the Wanek family.

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City of Hope Researcher Receives Grant to Improve Cognitive Outcomes in Young Cancer Patients

July 7, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Sunita Patel, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist in the Population Sciences and Supportive Care Medicine departments at City of Hope, has received a $1.22 million grant from the American Cancer Society to test a new approach toward preventing long-term chemotherapy-related cognitive side effects in childhood cancer survivors from bilingual and Spanish-speaking families.

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Markus Muschen
The Search for the Elephant Gene

July 5, 2017 | Michael Easterling

The African bull elephant is the largest mammal on the planet, comprised of trillions of cells that should ostensibly be a breeding ground for cancer. But because of an evolutionary anomaly, elephants don’t get cancer, a fact that fascinates Markus Müschen, M.D., Ph.D.

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Bart Roep, Ph.D., Has Type 1 Diabetes Cure in His Sights

June 27, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Bart O. Roep, Ph.D., has dedicated his life to the search for a cure for type 1 diabetes. And he thinks he is on the brink. Roep, an internationally renowned immunologist who joined City of Hope last year from the Netherlands’ Leiden University Medical Center, was recently named the Chan Soon-Shiong Shapiro Distinguished Chair in Diabetes. He believes that this endowment and a $50 million funding project led by the Wanek family will be key in stopping the disease.

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City of Hope Researcher Tracks Surgery Patients Via Fitbit in New Study

June 20, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Tracking patients using wireless wrist monitors like Fitbits is a good way to evaluate their recovery after major surgery, according to new research published in JAMA Surgery by City of Hope’s Virginia Sun, Ph.D., R.N., an assistant professor in the Division of Nursing Research and Education.

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Dan Rojas
HIV Stem Cell Trial Patient Strives, Cycles for a Cure

June 13, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Dan Rojas, 31, who has been living with HIV since 2011, is one of a handful of brave patients participating in a groundbreaking study at City of Hope that seeks a cure for AIDS.

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