New Hires at the National Cancer Institute at Frederick

NCI, Leidos, and DMS logos.

Forty-nine people joined the facility in September and October 2013.

The National Cancer Institute welcomes…

Aamir Akram
Clarissa Alexander
Robert Buckheit
Brian Chan
Kelly Dempsey
Christopher Descalzi
Ahmed Fahim
Devikala Gurusamy
Jaewoo Hong
Rhushikesh Kulkarni
James Shaum
Dionysios Watson
Yuheng Xi
Yi Xiang
Thomas Zengeya

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A Few Words about Words

Oil painting of William Shakespeare.

William Shakespeare, 1564–1616, playwright, poet, actor, wrote “Hamlet” between 1599 and 1602 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamlet).

By Ken Michaels, Guest Writer

In Shakepeare’s play “Hamlet,” Polonius inquires of the prince, “What do you read, my lord?” Not at all pleased with what he’s reading, Hamlet replies, “Words, words, words.”1

I have previously described the communication model in which a sender encodes a message and then sends it via some channel (or medium) to a receiver, who decodes the message and, ideally, understands what was sent. Surely the most common way of encoding a message is in choosing the most appropriate words for the listener or reader.

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Partnership to Explore New Drug Combination for Pancreatic Cancer

Portrait photo of Terry Van Dyke

Terry Van Dyke, Ph.D., director, NCI Center for Advanced Preclinical Research

By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer

Scientists at NCI and Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (FNLCR) are partnering with the Lustgarten Foundation to test whether a vitamin D derivative will make a difference when combined with a conventional anticancer drug in treating tumors of the pancreas.

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Novel Vaccine Approach Achieves “Functional Cure” of AIDS Virus in Monkeys

Jeff Lifson, Brandon Keele, Jacob Estes, and Michael Piatak

From left: Jeff Lifson, M.D., director of the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program; Brandon Keele, Ph.D., head, Viral Evolution Core; Jacob Estes, Ph.D., head, Tissue Analysis Core; and Michael Piatak, Jr., Ph.D., head, Quantitative Molecular Diagnostics Core. This group collaborated with scientists at the Oregon Health & Science University to advance the line of research culminating in the Nature publication describing a novel vaccine approach that achieved a function cure of the AIDS virus in monkeys

By Frank Blanchard, Staff Writer, and Jeff Lifson, Guest Writer

Scientists at the Oregon Health & Science University and the AIDS and Cancer Virus Program of the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research have used a novel vaccine approach to achieve a “functional cure” and apparent eradication of infection with a monkey version of the AIDS virus.

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New Approach for Producing and Purifying IL-15 Heterodimers That Have Potent Immune Effect

Elena Chertova and Cristina Bergamaschi

From left: Elena Chertova, Ph.D., head, Retroviral Protein Chemistry Core, AIDS and Cancer Virus Program, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, and Cristina Bergamaschi, Ph.D., staff scientist, Human Retrovirus Pathogenesis Section, Vaccine Branch, Center for Cancer Research

Platinum Highlight IconBy Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

Cytokines are proteins that play a crucial role in the human immune system by delivering messages that trigger the activation of immune cells to fight off attacks from viruses or other invaders.

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