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e-News | February 2013

Can Cancer Cell Texture Predict Malignancy?

Dr. Amy Rowat_headshotJCCC researcher Amy Rowat, Ph.D., believes the texture of a cell provides important clues about cell health, and used seed grant funding to design and build a device that measures cell texture. Rowat, also an assistant professor in Integrative Biology and Physiology at UCLA, was able to demonstrate that more invasive cancer cells are softer than less invasive cancer cells--a finding that could have far-reaching implications. Thank you to our supporters for making innovative research like this possible! Learn more about Dr. Rowat

JCCC Trial Helps Cheryl Stratos Beat Melanoma

Cheryl Stratos family pictureMore than three years ago, Virginia resident Cheryl Stratos learned she had stage 4 metastatic melanoma, and a prognosis of 6-8 months. But thanks to a first-of-its-kind JCCC clinical trial led by Dr. Antoni Ribas, Cheryl beat the odds. And 34 months later, her cancer has been reduced considerably. "I believe we are close to finding a solution to this disease--the goal is to hang in there until that cure comes along," said Cheryl. Read more.

Save the Date for Taste for a Cure - April 26

TFAC 2013_logoThe JCCF will host its 18th annual Taste for a Cure fundraiser at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Friday, April 26. Featuring outstanding food and wine from Santa Barbara County, this year's signature event will honor Joe Cohen of Creative Artists Agency while raising valuable funds for leading-edge cancer research at the JCCC. Taste for a Cure consistently ranks among the top 10 charity events in Southern California, so mark your calendar and visit for more information.

Who's Challenging Cancer Now?
Dr. Brigitte Gomperts_video 

 Watch Dr. Brigitte Gomperts as she discusses her lung cancer research, specifically the role of stem cells in lung repair and regeneration. 

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