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Since 1986, the Phoenix Friends of the Arizona Cancer Center have supported scientific research at the University of Arizona Cancer Center to help transform the future of cancer care. Funds raised by the Friends have gone toward new laboratory equipment, patient support materials, endowed chair positions and more. More recently, funds have been used for the Phoenix Friends Scholar Program, which supports world-class UACC researchers who show extraordinary potential for significantly advancing cancer treatments.
The 2012 Phoenix Friends Scholars are Sally Dickinson, PhD; Emad Elquza, MD, and Jessica A. Miller, PhD.
Sally Dickinson, PhD
Dr. Dickinson has been a member of the UACC’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program since 2010. She is a research assistant professor in the department of pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Dickinson’s research interest is searching for better methods to prevent non-melanoma skin cancer. She and her laboratory are studying Sulforaphane (SFN), a compound derived from cruciferous vegetables, especially broccoli and broccoli sprouts. Dr. Dickinson and her team are focusing on SFN’s ability to prevent non-melanoma skin cancer in human skin or even reversing some latent damage caused by sun exposure. Her research also is being funded by an American Cancer Society institutional research grant, a National Cancer Institute cancer prevention, control, behavioral and population sciences career development award and a UACC Skin Cancer Institute seed grant.
Emad Elquza, MD
Dr. Elquza is the medical director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center – Orange Grove Campus and an assistant professor of medicine at the UA College of Medicine. He received his medical degree from the Flinders University School of Medicine in Adelaide, Australia. He served his residency and fellowship at the UA, where he was chief fellow in the department of Hematology and Oncology. He is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.
Dr. Elquza’s research interests include the study of stem cell mobilization in patients treated with bone marrow transplantation. With the Phoenix Friends Scholars grant, Dr. Elquza will strengthen clinical research capabilities at the Orange Grove facility, focusing on gastrointestinal cancers.
Jessica Miller, PhD
Dr. Miller is a member of the UACC’s Cancer Prevention and Control Postdoctoral Training Fellowship Program. She completed her doctoral degree in nutritional sciences at the UA in 2010. Her dissertation research explored the bioavailability and disposition of the anti-cancer agent limonene and its implications for breast cancer prevention.
Dr. Miller’s fellowship research project is designed to determine the feasibility of utilizing metabolomic profiling of plasma to noninvasively assess the metabolic effect of limonene and to help determine its mechanisms of action.
-June 24, 2013