Frontiers Spring 2016
Year Two and Looking Forward
This is our second spring in the new James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, and we can say that this transformational facility is living up to its promise of furthering our research-based patient care.
Following a five-year site review by a National Cancer Institute (NCI) survey team in May 2015, our program again earned an “exceptional” rating, the NCI’s highest descriptor, and we have retained our designation as one of only 45 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers. Accompanying that distinction will be a multimillion NCI grant, which supports the OSUCCC – James scientific leadership and administration, shared research technologies, development of scientific goals, and continued collaboration among our more than 300 interdisciplinary researchers.
Through these exciting times, the pulse of groundbreaking research at the OSUCCC – James has remained steady, as stories in this new Frontiers will show.
Our cover story, for example, examines work by four OSUCCC – James researchers who want to understand the composition and function of the bacterial community, or microbiome, in the mouth, and its role in cancer. The collaborating researchers have evidence that a food-based approach, using a novel black raspberry drink, might help prevent oral cancer. They want to learn whether, and how, the microbiome contributes to this possible preventive effect.
Another story notes that medical advances of the past few years have doubled the one- to two-year survival rate for patients with pancreatic cancer—one of the deadliest malignancies—and looks at key contributions of OSUCCC – James researchers in this vitally important but still underfunded area of study.
Reflecting our global reach, a third feature reveals how an OSUCCC – James physician-researcher is contributing to his father’s program to improve education and health care in a village in the West African nation of Cameroon. Their effort is a model of educational improvement, economic development and sustainability.
The OSUCCC – James is in a better position than ever to help change the landscape of cancer care and research in Ohio and beyond as we continue pursuing our vision of a cancer-free world.