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Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Cancer Connection, February 2014
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Exploring Breast Cancer Treatment Implications in Genetic Variation Study



The Breast Cancer Research Foundation has awarded a pair of investigators at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey a one-year, $240,000 grant to examine treatment implications for a genetic variation found in a quarter of all Caucasians and in a small percentage of Caucasian breast cancer patients. Resident member Arnold J. Levine, PhD, and medical oncologist Kim M. Hirshfield, MD, PhD, who are also faculty members at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, are building on previous research that led to the identification of a new gene product as a result of two cancer-causing genes being joined together.Learn more

Helping High School Science Teachers in Southern New Jersey Deliver Cancer Biology Curriculum to their Students



Creating an even greater impact on the eight southern New Jersey counties it serves, Atlantic City Electric has joined the Val Skinner Foundation in its efforts to support educating high school science teachers in delivering cancer biology curriculum to their students. Known as BioCONECT (Biology of Cancer Online Education Connecting Teens), the lessons, which focus on breast cancer, were developed by education experts from the LIFE Center at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and from Rutgers School of Public Health who conduct the teacher workshops. BioCONECT is a science-based curriculum that has been offered to more than 200 high school teachers from approximately 80 schools in New Jersey and South Carolina (representing more than 50 school districts) since 2008.Learn more

Our Docs are 'Tops' in Women's Health


Top Docs

Several physicians at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey have been named as a 'Top Doctor for Women's Health' by Inside Jersey magazine. Thousands of healthcare professionals from across the state took part in the nomination process, resulting in the selection of 226 doctors for this year's honor. Cancer Institute doctors recognized this year are Bruce G. Haffty, MD; Thomas J. Kearney, MD, FACS; Pauline M. Lerma, MD; Lorna Rodriguez, MD, PhD; and Deborah L. Toppmeyer, MD, who are also faculty members at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.Learn more

Registration for 2014 Century for the Cure is Open



With freezing temperatures outside, what better time to think about cycling and the warm weather! Registration is now open for the 10th annual Century for the Cure charity bike ride. The event will take place on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at Camp Riverbend in Warren Township, New Jersey. There are three routes from which to choose - a new 62 mile metric century, along with the 40 and 100 mile routes. To date, Century for the Cure has raised more than $1.2 million for research at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. To learn more or to register visit

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