USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Community for a Cure

Community for a Cure is the official newsletter for the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (USC Norris). Our dynamic newsletter keeps you up to date with everything happening at USC Norris. It features scientific discoveries from our exceptional researchers, inspiring patient stories, award recognitions of our faculty and staff, groundbreaking initiatives, new faculty spotlights,  developmental updates, and much more. 

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March/April 2021

Featured Stories

    • Dr. John Carpten elected to the 2021 class of fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Academy
    • Dr. Kimberly Miller, USC Norris Cancer Control Program member, awarded an NCI MERIT award to study how social health might contribute to health behaviors during treatment
    • Dr. Chintan Parekh, USC Norris Tumor Microenvironment Program member, received an NCI R01 grant to support his work in developing new cancer immunotherapies
    • Dr. Wendy Setiawan, co-leader of the USC Norris Cancer Epidemiology Program, received an NCI U01 grant to study to the determinants of endometrical cancer in African American women who suffer higher mortality from this disease
    • Dr. Janice Lu, USC Norris Translational and Clinical Sciences Program member, published the results of a new clinical trial for women with stage 2 or 3 breast cancer
    • The San Pedro Peninsula Cancer Guild
    • New Faculty Spotlight: Ming Li, PhD
    • Staff Spotlight: Alfred Ascencio, USC Norris Facilities Manager 

February 2021

Featured Stories

    • Dr. Amir Goldkorn, USC Norris Associate Director for Translational Research, publishes results from a national phase III trial in Clinical Cancer Research: “Baseline circulating tumor cell count as a prognostic marker of PSA response and disease progression in metastatic castrate sensitive prostate cancer”
    • USC Norris member Shannon Mumenthaler receives National Cancer Institute (NCI) R01 funding for her project to develop a micro-engineered colorectal cancer-on-a-chip model
    • USC Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer (AYA@USC) Program
    • USC Norris receives a new gift to provide genetic testing at no cost for patients without insurance coverage
    • Always Have Hope. As Long as You Live, There Is Hope.
    • New Faculty Spotlight: Mohamed Abou-el-Enein, MD, PhD, MSPH

January 2021

Featured Stories

    • NCCC investigators publish multicenter immunotherapy trial in cervical cancer patients
    • Dr. Crystal Nicole Marconett awarded Research  Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society to support her research
    • Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Awards W. Martin Kast and his team the Team Science Award
    • Viewing Life through a Survivor’s Lens
    • Gene and Dodie Gregg Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund

November 2020

Featured Stories

    • Predicting Breast Cancer Recurrence: The Bench with Bedside Initiative™
    • Swing Against Cancer with Bill Poland
    • Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati earns AACR Distinguished Lectureship
    • New Faculty Spotlight: Jennifer Tsui, PhD 

October 2020

Featured Stories

    • USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center receives $5 million for cancer drug discoveries
    • NCI U54 CaRE2 Center for Health Equity
    • AACR Report on Cancer Disparities
    • New Faculty Spotlight: Steven Grossman, MD, PhD; Yali Dou, PhD