Research Roundup: Zika virus used to treat brain cancer, improving bladder function after spinal cord injury and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: Zika virus used to treat brain cancer, improving bladder function after spinal cord injury and more!

Defeating Leukemia: A smile that says “Thank the mice”

A couple of days ago the New York times published a heart warming story about a young girl named Emma Whitehead whose acute lymphoblastic leukemia - which had previously defied all therapies - has gone into full remission following treatment with a novel gene therapy that programmed her immune system to target the cancer cells. … Continue reading Defeating Leukemia: A smile that says “Thank the mice”

Cancer Stem Cells: Mouse studies lead to paradigm shift in cancer research

For the past 15 years one of the most intriguing ideas in cancer research has been that the growth and spread of most – if not all – cancers is driven by cancer stem cells. The hypothesis is that only a tiny proportion of cancer cells, cancer stem cells, have the stem cell-like ability to … Continue reading Cancer Stem Cells: Mouse studies lead to paradigm shift in cancer research

The end of cancer? A personal view.

My husband died of stage 4 metastatic esophageal cancer on August 19, 2011. I have been an advocate for biomedical research, specifically involving animals, for decades. I go to work each and every day supporting researchers involved with discovering new cures or treatments. I dedicate time outside of those duties to promote education regarding the … Continue reading The end of cancer? A personal view.

A breakthrough against Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia…thank the mice!

A challenge that science communicators frequently face when discussing the process whereby a scientific discovery eventually leads to a medical breakthrough is the time that this often takes, indeed by the time that the reports of exciting clinical trial outcomes start to appear in the press the role of the scientists who made the initial … Continue reading A breakthrough against Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia…thank the mice!

Mice pave the way to a cord blood transplant advance

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow that affects over 200,000 Americans and still kills thousands every year despite the great progress made over recent decades in developing  effective treatments for many leukemia types.  When undergoing treatment for leukemia many patients require hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation to replace the blood stem … Continue reading Mice pave the way to a cord blood transplant advance