UF cancer drug receives FDA clearance for clinical trials
An anticancer drug developed by researchers from the University of Florida College of Pharmacy has become the first drug of its kind allowed to proceed to clinical trial by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The drug, DT2216, targets leukemia, lymphoma, and breast and lung cancers. The researchers expect it will available for patients, in a clinical trial setting, in April or May this year. READ MORE
Dr. Carla Fisher: Helping Mothers, Daughters and Families Communicate About Cancer
CJC Advertising Associate Professor Carla Fisher, a member of the UF Health Cancer Center and faculty affiliate in the Center for Arts in Medicine, was interviewed on Feb. 26, 2021 about her research on helping families and clinicians more effectively communicate about cancer. READ MORE
Male allies challenge systemic bias against female oncologists
For Thomas J. George, M.D., FACP, being an ally to his female colleagues means challenging the status quo.
“I have pledged ‘he for she’ as a professional priority,” George, director of the gastrointestinal oncology and phase 1 program at University of Florida, said in an interview with Healio. “I use my voice to counter those who argue that the processes and policies that systematically disadvantage my female colleagues, like the promotion and tenure clock, are just fine the way they are.” READ MORE
UF researchers discover marine natural product off Florida’s coast that could help fight cancer
From cyanobacteria blooms found off the Florida coast near Fort Lauderdale, University of Florida researchers have discovered a novel marine natural product that binds to a new site of tubulin, an important target for cancer drugs.
“Tubulin is among the most successfully targeted proteins related to cancer chemotherapy, and there is tremendous interest in discovering new molecules that bind to tubulin,” said Hendrik Luesch, Ph.D., a professor and chair of medicinal chemistry and the Debbie and Sylvia DeSantis Chair in Natural Products Drug Discovery and Development in the UF College of Pharmacy and a member of UF Health Cancer Center. READ MORE