For 30 years, the Arizona Cancer Center has had a hand in training the next generation of cutting-edge cancer researchers through the University of Arizona’s Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program.
As the director of the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center for Natural Products Research and Commercialization, known as the Natural Products Center, Leslie Gunatilaka, PhD, looks at arid plants and the microorganisms that live in association with them for new cancer drugs and their drug targets. He and his team have discovered several compounds in desert organisms that can significantly inhibit the growth of tumors and have developed a new method to improve the production of natural products by using an innovative cultivation method.
Emmanuelle J. Meuillet, PhD, aims to understand the role of inflammation in colon carcinogenesis and to develop a novel targeted therapy to treat it. A five-year, $1,784,878 grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund her research.
The community is invited to the pink carpet premiere of Woman to Woman: Let’s Talk about Breast Cancer / Mujer a Mujer: Una Conversación Sobre Cáncer de Seno, a documentary funded by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southern Arizona. Both premieres, the Spanish version on Aug. 28 and the English version on Oct. 30, will be held at 2 p.m. in DuVal Auditorium at University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The premieres are free and open to the public.