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Interview with Dr. Louis Chesler – Lead researcher and scientist on the Signal Transduction and Molecular Pharmacology team at the Institute of Cancer ResearchSutton, Surrey, UK & the Royal Marsden NHS Trust, Children and Young People’s Unit, Sutton, Surrey, UK talking about their featured cover paper in Oncotarget Volume 7 Issue 36 "Inhibition of mTOR-kinase destabilizes MYCN and is a potential therapy for MYCN-dependent tumors"
Andrei V. Gudkov, PhD, DSci, Professor and Garman Family Chair in Cell Stress Biology, Senior Vice President for Basic Research of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), Buffalo, NY
His academic degrees in experimental oncology and molecular biology were received in former USSR from National Cancer Center and Moscow State University. He is co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Cleveland BioLabs, Inc and Tartis, Inc. His area of general research interest includes drug discovery, gene discovery, molecular targets for cancer treatment.
Mikhail V. Blagosklonny, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY
Dr. Blagosklonny is the author of over 250 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has served as Associate Editor of Cancer Res, Cell Death Differ, Cancer Biol Ther, Autophagy, Int J Cancer, Am J Pathology, PLOS ONE and as Editor-in-Chief of Cell Cycle. His research interests range from molecular and cellular biology to clinical investigations. Recently, he extended the study of signal transduction pathways from cancer to aging, revealing potential targets for slowing down aging and age-related diseases.
Frederick W. Alt, Ph.D., member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Alt is also Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Inst., Charles A. Janeway Professor of Pediatrics, HMS, Scientific Director, CBRI Institute for Biomedical Research.Fred Alt received a PhD from the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Sciences. He is the recipient of He is the recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Mentoring Award from the American Association of Immunologists and the 2004 Clowes Memorial Award from the American Association of Cancer Research. Editorial Boards: Mol. and Cell. Biology; Advances in Immunology; International Immunology; J. Exp. Med.; Current Opinion in Immunology; Immunity (founding Co-editor; 1993-present); Molecular Medicine (Contributing editor; 1997-present);Faculty of 1000 (co-head, Immunology). Honors and Awards: Fox Award, Stanford Univ. (1973); Hirschl Award (1983); Searle Scholar; (1983) Mallinckrodt Scholar; (1984); NIH Merit Award (1991); National Academy of Sciences (1994); American Academy of Microbiology (1994); American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994); Associate (Foreign) Member, European Molecular Biology Organization (1999); Excellence in Mentoring Award,Association of Immunologists (2003); American Association of Cancer Research B.H.A. Clowes Award (2004); Rabi Shai Shacknai Memorial Prize in Immunology & Cancer Research (2005); Leukemia & Lymphoma Society de Villiers International Achievement Award (2005), Pasarow Foundation Prize in Cancer Research (2005); Irvington Institute Scientific Leadership in Immunology Award (2005); Establishment of Frederick W. Alt Award for New Discoveries in Immunology by the Irvington Institute (2006); National Cancer Institute Alfred Knudson Award in Cancer Genetics(2007).
Carlo M. Croce, MD, Professor, member of the National Academy of Sciences, Director of Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chair, Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Ronald A. DePinho, President, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center,
MD, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
His recent Awards includes Albert Szent-Gyrgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research, 2009; Helsinki Medal, 2007; Albert Einstein College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, 2004; American Cancer Society Edith A. Pistorino Research Professorship, 2004; Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, 2004; AACR-G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award, 2003
Brian J. Druker, MD, PhD, member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor, Oregon Health & Science University, Director, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Druker is the director of OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, JELD-WEN Chair of Leukemia Research, and professor of medicine. In 2009 he won the Lasker Clinical Award and the Meyenburg Cancer Research Prize for his influential work in the development of STI571, commonly known as Gleevec, for the treatment of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Dr. Druker is an investigator of Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and was elected to the Institute of Medicine of National Academies in 2003, the American Association of Physician in 2006, and the National Academy of Sciences in 2007.
Arnold J. Levine, Ph.D. member of the National Academy, Professor, The Simons Center for Systems Biology in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ.
Levine was on the faculty of the Biochemistry Department of Princeton University from1968 to 1979, when he became chair and professor in the Department of Microbiology at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, School of Medicine. Returning to Princeton University in 1984, he was named Harry C. Wiess Professor in the Life Sciences in the Department of Molecular Biology, a position he held until 1998. He chaired the Department between 1984 and 1996. He was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Rockefeller University in New York City from 1998 to 2002, as well as Heilbrunn Professor of Cancer Biology and laboratory head until joining the Institute in 2002. The recipient of many honors including: the Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Biomedical Research from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (2000); the Keio Medical Science Prize of the Keio University Medical Science Fund, Japan (2000); the Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (2001); and the Award for Basic Research from the Surgical Society of Oncologists (2003). Levine is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and of the Academy's Institute of Medicine; he is also the author or coauthor of over 300 scientific papers, as well as a book, Viruses (1993). He has served as board member or adviser to numerous scientific organizations and educational institutions, among them the N.J. Biotechnology Institute, the American Cyanamid Corporation, the SUNY Health Sciences Center in Brooklyn, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Weizmann Institute, the Huntsman Cancer Center of the University of Utah, and the Institute for Cancer Research in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Arthur B. Pardee, Ph.D, member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology Emeritus, Harvard Medical School
Gregg L. Semenza, M.D., Ph.D, member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Alexander Varshavsky, Ph.D, member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA
Alexander Varshavsky is a recipient of the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, the Wolf Prize in Medicine and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University in 2001 for his research on ubiquitination. In 2006 he won the March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology and he won the 2007 $1 million Gotham Prize for an original approach to killing cancer cells.
Bert Vogelstein, M.D., member of the National Academy of Sciences, Professor, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Bert Vogelstein is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. He has received the Gairdner Foundation International Award, Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize from Columbia University, Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, and other awards for his research.
Peter K. Vogt, Ph.D, member of the National Academy of Sciences Professor, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA
Dr. Vogt is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Experimental Medicine at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. He has received many awards and honors, including the Gregor Johann Mendel Medal, Charles S. Mott Prize, Ernst Jung Prize for Medicine, Bristol Meyers Award, and ICN International Prize in Virology. Dr. Vogt has been invited as a distinguished lecturer by more than twenty leading research institutions in the US, Europe, and Asia, among them the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg for the Meyenburg Foundation Lecture, the Princess Takamatsu Foundation, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research of Singapore. He was also elected an Honorary Member of the Japanese Cancer Association and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Würzburg. Dr. Vogt is an elected member of many prestigious academies, including the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and the American Academy of Microbiology. He is the recipient of the 5th Annual Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research.
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