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The Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Cancer Connection, March 2013

Your link to the latest news on research, treatment, prevention and education from the state's only

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Researcher Awarded $80K for Lung Cancer Detection Study


Sharon Pine

Sharon Pine, PhD, a researcher at The Cancer Institute of New Jersey has been awarded a two-year, $80,000 dollar grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation to study the early detection and prevention of lung cancer. Dr. Pine's team will examine changes in mitochondrial DNA for potential biomarkers that could yield clues about lung cancer detection. Pine is hopeful the project will help transform lung cancer screening regimes so that smokers and former smokers are better informed about their individualized risk.Learn more

The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Meridian Health Partner on Breast Cancer Studies



The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and its System Partner Meridian Health are working together on two research studies to examine factors related to the early development of breast cancer. One study aims to identify why some genes are associated with the risk of developing breast cancer while others are not. The other examines lifestyle and breast cancer risk. Overall, the aim is to better understand how these factors may influence breast cancer so that better prevention strategies can be developed.Learn more

Systems Biologist Joins The Cancer Institute of New Jersey


Elke Markert

Expanding a vital component of its research enterprise, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey is welcoming systems biologist Elke K. Markert, PhD, to its Center for Systems Biology. Along with a focus on cancer genetics and the development of cancer, Dr. Markert - who has an extensive mathematics background - will engage in the comprehensive analysis of how gene expression translates into operational structures within the cell and how that information is integrated with other types of genetic and molecular data.Learn more

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