September 30, 2012

The neighborhood of cells in breast cancer: Zena Werb

Zena Werb
University of California - San Francisco

Sept. 30, 2012 (Hosted by Karuna Meda)

Breast cancer affects one in eight women and is the seventh leading cause of death for women. Susceptibility to breast cancer is increased around the time of puberty when the breasts develop. More research into how the breasts normally develop and what causes normal cells to become cancer cells is still needed.

Our guest this month is Zena Werb, a professor of anatomy at the UCSF Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Werb’s lab studies how a normal cell develops and the role of the cell’s “neighborhood”, the surrounding tissue that is necessary for support and proper development. Looking at how these cells interact in their microenvironment is important for understanding cancer metastasis and may potentially lead to treatments for this disease.

More on the Werb Lab's research

September 05, 2012

Treating Chagas' Disease: Jim McKerrow

Our guest this month is Dr. James McKerrow, a professor and chair in experimental pathology at UCSF. Dr. McKerrow and his team work to develop new drugs for neglected tropical diseases; diseases that affect low-income regions and consequently receive less attention from pharmaceutical companies. Dr. McKerrow takes us through the process of developing new treatments against these devastating infections.

More on the McKerrow Lab's research

Hosted by Alex Mendelsohn