All cells have the ability to recycle unwanted or damaged proteins and reuse the building blocks as food. But cancer cells have ramped up the system, called autophagy, and rely on it to escape damage in the face of chemotherapy and other treatments.
Perelman School of Medicine
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PHILADELPHIA — A $25 million gift to the University of Pennsylvania from alumni Mindy and Jon Gray will establish a center focused on the treatment and prevention of cancers associated with hereditary BRCA mutations.
The Basser Research Center — BRC for BRCA — will support research on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes, harmful forms of which are linked to greatly increased risks of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The Center is named in honor of Mindy Gray’s sister, Faith Basser, who died of ovarian cancer at age 44.
Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine is quoted about the My Heart Map Challenge.
Garret FitzGerald of the Perelman School of Medicine is interviewed.
Bruce Levine and Carl June of the Perelman School of Medicine are highlighted for their gene therapy research.
Bert O’Malley of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on using a miniature robotic arm to assist in minimally invasive surgeries.
Mahendra Bhati of the Perelman School of Medicine is mentioned for leading the Penn field trial of the DSM-5.
Winners of Penn’s MyHeartMap Challenge, led by Raina Merchant of the Perelman School of Medicine, are featured.