Three diverse UCLA scientists introduced their innovative research and drew the connection between metabolism and cancer at “Breakthroughs in Cancer Research: Harnessing the Metabolism for Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment.” Dr. Orian Shirihai, professor of endocrinology and director of the UCLA Metabolism Research Theme, welcomed guests to the event at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA on April 17, 2018. Dr. Shirihai shared that the goal of researchers is to identify the mechanisms that can block cancer from using the body’s energy to grow. He added that some researchers are good at identifying the cells that import nutrients and energy, while other scientists are good at understanding how cancer grows. As a result, cross-disciplinary teams are needed to advance studies and improve therapies. The evening’s speakers included:
Following the presentations, Dr. Michael Teitell (PhD ’91, MD ’93), Lya and Harrison Latta Endowed Chair in Pathology, director of the UCLA Cancer Research Theme, director of the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, president of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation and chief of the UCLA Division of Pediatric and Neonatal Pathology, facilitated a question-and-answer period.
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