Inside RadOnc.eps 1 4/7/10 4:21 PM
Pinning Down Tumor Cells’ Resistance to Therapy
Dr. Diehn is working to break down professor in the Department of
the cellular defenses of leukemia and Radiation Oncology and Institute for
solid cancers. Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative
Medicine at Stanford University. Last
His research with a breast tumor year he contributed to the discovery of
model has suggested that the key to human bladder cancer stem cells and
eradicating a cancer is to find and published evidence of treatment
M destroy all of the cancer’s stem cells. resistance mechanisms in solid tumor
The grant allowed Dr. Diehn protected cancer stem cells.
time to investigate mechanisms
within those cells that resist chemo- “In addition to funding the work itself,
MY therapy and radiation therapy. I believe that the R&E grant signifi-
cantly strengthened my CV because it
Maximilian Diehn, M.D., Ph.D.
Better understanding of these mecha- documented that I could successfully
Department of Radiation Oncology
Stanford University nisms, fueled by Dr. Diehn’s research, compete for external grant funding,”
R&E Grant Recipient may help physicians deliver targeted said Dr. Diehn. “I think this program
treatment that can wipe out a cancer does exactly what it sets out to do.”
Innovations like Dr. Diehn’s are the
Dr. Diehn used his promising results real building blocks for medical
to pursue funding from the National breakthroughs that will deliver better
Institutes of Health and private care to patients.
foundations. Today, he’s an assistant
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