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


Irell and Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope National Medical Center Quarterly Newsletter: January through March 2015

April 27, 2015 | City of Hope

Announcements Congratulations to Jodi Murakami and her fiancée, who welcomed home their baby boy in December.   Congratulations to Nathaniel Magilnick and his wife, who welcomed home their baby boy in March.

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January Grad Student Forum: Richard Jaramillo

April 22, 2015 | Richard Jaramillo

Increased levels of advanced glycation endproducts (AGEs) have been reported in serum of patients with diabetes and are associated with increased probability of specific complications including cardiovascular disease and nephropathy.

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Cecilia Choy

June Grad Student Forum: Cecilia Choy

July 9, 2014 | Cecilia Choy

Cooperation of Neurotrophin Receptor TrkB and Her2 in Breast Cancer Cells Facilitates Brain Metastasis Cecilia Choy, Josh Neman, Matthew Duenas, Hubert Li, Nagarajan Vaidehi, Rahul Jandial Metastases are responsible for 90% of all cancer deaths, and patients diagnosed with brain metastasis have a dismal 20% probability of one-year survival.

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Jenny wang

March Grad Student Forum: Jenny Wang

March 21, 2014 | Jenny Wang

Successful breast cancer treatment is often hindered by chemoresistance, metastasis, and tumor recurrence.  The existence of a small population of cells, called cancer stem cells, is thought to contribute to these complications.

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January Graduate Student Research Forum

February 12, 2014 | Lindsey Skrdlant

My research focuses on a disease known as myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). MDS is a pre-leukemic bone marrow disorder that is characterized by ineffective production of red blood cells, neutrophils, and/or platelets.

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For Your Procrastination: Why Everything Bad For You Feels So Great

December 10, 2013 | City of Hope

This fascinating article from the Seattle-based nonprofit organization Grist delves into an interesting theory from Daniel Lieberman, Ph.D., a Harvard University professor of human evolutionary biology.

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Various Tags: FYP

Categories : Student Life , Research

Peer-Review vs. Public-Review

October 3, 2013 | James Finlay

As someone mentioned to me a few weeks ago, in the world of academia and research, publications in peer-reviewed journals are the currency by which scientist live (or die). Career promotions, salary, funding and notoriety are all based on the quantity and quality of our publications.

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Categories : Research


The Peer Review Process PART 2 of 2

September 18, 2013 | Mike Reid

Received: May 4, 2012 Revised: January 16, 2013 Accepted: February 6, 2013 Published: March 14, 2013 Those four lines sum up my first extensive experience with the review process — long, challenging but overall positive.

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Nick Snead

The Peer Review Process PART 1 of 2

September 18, 2013 | Nick Snead

I really appreciated my mentor Dr. Rossi forwarding me an early opportunity to write a review article in my 2nd year of my graduate school years. The experience was a training tool not only for the scientific aspect of it but also for the organizational and communication side of it.

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