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August 2016
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Elliot J. Coups, PhD

N.J. Teen Indoor Tanning Rates Stable Following Enactment of Under Age 17 Ban

Research from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Public Health shows no significant decline in indoor tanning rates among children under age 17 following a ban on such use in New Jersey enacted in 2013. Lead author and Rutgers Cancer Institute behavioral scientist Elliot J. Coups, PhD, associate professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, says the finding underscores a need for continued surveillance.

$2.2 Million Grant Supports Exploration of Combined Therapies that Target Cancer Pathways

Janice M. Mehnert, MD, director of the Phase I/Investigational Therapeutics Program at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and associate professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is a co-principal investigator on a $2,271,427 grant awarded by the National Cancer Institute. She is collaborating with Ryan J. Sullivan, MD, at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in examining the safety and efficacy of the investigational drug navitoclax when combined with other therapies in the treatment of BRAF-mutant melanoma and other BRAF-mutant solid tumors.

Katie Devine, PhD, MPH

Helping Kids with Brain Tumors Recover Beyond the Disease

Social strains and lack of social competence are common in children recovering from malignant brain tumors. Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey behavioral scientist Katie Devine, PhD, MPH, assistant professor of medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and colleagues from across the U.S. and Canada examined a peer-mediated intervention at the survivor's school. They found the intervention was feasible to carry out in the public school setting and was acceptable to the survivor's family.

research fellowship

Fellowship Grants Support Basic Science and Epidemiology Research

Grants totaling $450,000 have been awarded to a number of investigators at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. The Pre- and Post-Doctoral Fellowship Awards from the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research will help support various research projects relating to cancer biology and population studies. The work will include study on health beliefs and behaviors among individuals with squamous cell carcinoma and the role of host autophagy in lung tumor growth.