Making a difference

Hey, remember my colleague* who did the fundraising bike ride to Seattle with me and was the star of my video?

(Here’s the video again)

Well, he’s all over the news this week thanks to his two very, very interesting new papers on ovarian cancer!

The first identifies Arid1a as a novel tumour suppressor gene that’s mutated in clear cell and endometrioid cancers of the ovary, and the second recommends the removal of the fallopian tubes during hysterectomy and tubal ligation in order to reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. (Neither paper is on PubMed yet, so the links go to news articles instead). I’ve heard this PI talk about both subjects for a couple of years now, and it’s so exciting to see the research maturing and progressing!

Once again, THANK YOU to all my lovely readers who donated to the ride this year!


*one of my jobs is to try and bump our departmental website up the Google rankings for each PI’s name – this is why I won’t be naming names on my blog!

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4 Responses to Making a difference

  1. Ricardipus says:

    My apologies for not donating to your ride, but I donated to a different cancer cause this year involving the highly strenuous growth of moustaches. 😉

  2. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    MOVEMBER! Another very worthy cause.

  3. Ricardipus says:

    …although it seems to me that with a bit of re-scheduling, both could happen at the same time.Terry Fox run this weekend… but you knew that already.

  4. Cath@VWXYNot? says:

    Eww, sweaty mustaches.Yes, being in the same building as the Terry Fox Lab (where I did my postdoc btw) means that we get lots of info about the run! I went running today for the first time in months, although I'm somewhat short of the 10km distance of the official run. *Maybe* next year, although I promised everyone in my begging letters for the ride that I wouldn't be doing any more sponsored events for at least another 5 years, so I'd have to pay all the money myself.

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