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Translational Research and Interventional Oncology Research Program

The Translational Research and Interventional Oncology Research Program translates advances in mechanism-based research into improved detection methods and therapies for cancer. With a primary focus on lung cancer, melanoma and leukemia/lymphoma, the program is dedicated to new discoveries in early detection and molecular oncology, and genotype-driven early phase trials for all cancer types.

RESEARCH THEMES

The Translational Research and Interventional Oncology program is dedicated to translating our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of oncogenesis and tumor progression into novel therapeutic strategies for cancer. 

Developing early phase clinical trials for therapies directed at genetic changes in tumors

Investigating why some tumors become resistant to genetically targeted therapies and developing new strategies to prevent and overcome resistance

Applying and enhancing immune strategies and cellular therapies for cancer

Developing and evaluating screening methods and biomarkers for early detection of lung cancers

Meet the Program Members

The Translational Research and Interventional Oncology Program is the largest of the cancer center's formal research programs, with more than 50 members representing a range of clinical and translational cancer research areas. The program is led by Madan Jagasia, M.B.B.S., Young Kim, M.D., Ph.D., and Christine Lovly, M.D., Ph.D.

Featured Publications

Program News

February 5, 2021

Convalescent plasma improved survival in COVID-19 patients with blood cancers

Treatment with convalescent plasma vastly improved the survival rate of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 who also had hematologic malignances that compromise the immune system, according to new data released by the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium (CCC19).
January 5, 2021

VUMC, Case Western apply artificial intelligence to “customize” oral cancer treatment

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have been awarded a five-year, $3.3 million grant by the National Cancer Institute to apply artificial intelligence (AI) to help customize treatment for oral cancer patients.
October 29, 2020

Lovly to chair foundation’s scientific leadership board

Christine Lovly, MD, PhD, Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research, has been named incoming chair of GO2 Foundation’s Scientific Leadership Board (SLB).