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THE DAVID H. KOCH INSTITUTE FOR INTEGRATIVE CANCER RESEARCH AT MIT
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IMPLANTED SENSOR CAN TRACK TUMOR IN REAL-TIME IMPLANTED SENSOR CAN TRACK TUMOR IN REAL-TIME

5/12/09   New microdevices, which could be implanted at the time of biopsy, are being built to monitor chemotherapy agents, allowing doctors to determine whether cancer drugs are reaching the tumors. They can also be designed to measure pH (acidity) or oxygen levels, which reveal tumor metabolism and how it is responding to therapy. Monitoring a tumor for weeks or months after the biopsy, tracking its growth and how it responds to treatment, would be much more valuable, says Michael Cima, MIT professor of materials science and engineering, who has developed the first implantable device that can do just that.  Such implants could one day provide up-to-the-minute information about what a tumor is doing or detect the beginning of relapse.   READ MORE >>


GOLD “NANORODS“ SHOW PROMISE IN DETECTION AND TREATMENT GOLD "NANORODS" SHOW PROMISE IN DETECTION AND TREATMENT

5/4/09 Targeting tumors using tiny gold particles that can both detect, treat cancer, MIT researchers have developed tiny gold particles that can home in on tumors, and then, by absorbing energy from near-infrared light and emitting it as heat, destroy tumors with minimal side effects. Such particles, known as gold nanorods, could diagnose as well as treat tumors, says MIT graduate student Geoffrey von Maltzahn, who developed the tumor-homing particles with Sangeeta Bhatia.   READ MORE >>


JACKS ELECTED TO NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES JACKS ELECTED TO NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

4/28/09 Koch Institute Director Tyler Jacks is among the six MIT faculty members of the 72 newly elected to the National Academy of Sciences; an honor given in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in cancer research. READ MORE >>


TYLER JACKS TAKES THE HELM AS PRESIDENT OF AACR TYLER JACKS TAKES THE HELM AS PRESIDENT OF AACR

4/20/09 Koch Institute Director Tyler Jacks takes the helm as president of the American Association for Cancer Research at the AACR 100th Annual Meeting 2009.   Founded in 1907, AACR is the world's oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes more than 28,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and nearly 90 other countries. READ MORE >>


ECONOMIST REPORTS ON CONVERGENCE ECONOMIST REPORTS ON CONVERGENCE

4/16/09 The Economist highlights how the convergence of biology and engineering will be beneficial to patients, using examples of how the life sciences are being transformed by their adoption of information technology, advanced materials, imaging, nanotechnology, sophisticated modeling and simulation.  Together these disciplines are converging on tough healthcare problems and suggesting new solutions.   READ MORE >>

 


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