2013 November

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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Is This Your Year to Inspire a Child?

Gary Krauss working with elementary school students

Working with elementary school students is rewarding to Gary Krauss, senior subcontracts specialist, Contracts and Acquisitions, because he can demonstrate that there are lots of career paths in science. Shown here with Myersville Elementary School fifth-graders, Krauss said, “I was never a science major and I let the kids know you don’t always have to work in a lab or wear a lab coat to contribute towards finding a cure for cancer. There are other administrative support roles that are crucial to the success of the team.”

By Julie Hartman, Guest Writer

The Elementary Outreach Program (EOP) is looking for volunteers for the 2013–2014 school year.

This program is designed to bring science into the classrooms of Frederick County students in grades 1 through 5. You’ll have a chance to work with small groups of children, presenting hands-on lessons that are coordinated with the school curriculum.

Volunteer teams in each grade are scheduled to visit four schools in Frederick County this year.

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