The Scripps Research Institute - At The Forefront

April 2013

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Could existing therapies halt the progression of breast cancer?

When doctors look to treat breast cancer, an important factor is the likelihood that the cancer will progress. But it is difficult to determine if, when, and how fast progression will occur for each patient.

The Scripps Research Institute's Dr. Brunhilde H. Felding has focused her research largely on the mechanisms by which breast cancer spreads to the other parts of the body. Recently, her team made a discovery on how and why tumor cells become aggressive that may change the landscape of breast cancer treatment.

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Associate Professor Brunhilde H. Felding

Every day, our collaborative approach to research gets us closer to treatments for diseases like breast cancer that affect people around the world. Help us continue to work towards life-saving treatments and cures.

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Professor Kim Janda and postdoctoral fellow Daniel Globisch in the Janda lab.

milestones in medical science:
Field test for river blindness on the horizon due to scientific breakthrough and gift from philanthropist John Moores

Onchocerciasis, or river blindness, is a parasitic infection that affects tens of millions of people in tropical regions all over the world. The infection is caused by a parasitic worm and can lead to blindness. The lack of a simple diagnostic tool means that many cases are not caught and treated in the early stages.

TSRI Professor Kim D. Janda recently discovered a telltale molecular marker for the disease that is detectable in patients' urine. Thanks to this discovery and a significant philanthropic gift from John J. Moores, a simple field test is now within reach.

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Assistant Professor Courtney Miller

Other News:
Scientists uncover previously unknown mechanism of memory

Making a memory is no small feat. We know that creating a memory involves the synthesis of proteins and the alteration of neuron structures, but there are many memory-building mechanisms that are still unknown. Assistant Professor Courtney Miller led a study at Scripps Florida that looked specifically at a unique group of molecules in the amygdala, a part of the brain involved in emotional memory.

Her findings further illuminate the mechanism of memory formation and could lead to groundbreaking aging research.

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Make the Most of your Charitable Giving in 2013

With the 2012 tax season behind us, look to the rest of the year to ease your 2013 tax burden. For more information about making the most of your charitable giving to The Scripps Research Institute, visit our Planned Giving site or contact Geoff Graham, Director, Planned Giving and Estates, at (858) 784-9365.

facts & figures

In 2013, the American Cancer Society estimates that about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

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