UF Health featured in ESPN V Foundation video

During The V Foundation for Cancer Research’s “V Week,” ESPN and ABC aired videos highlighting UF Health’s efforts to fight brain cancer. The videos include patient Mikah Phillips and his parents Debbie and Justin and longtime UF brain tumor research supporter Paul Hale. They also include pediatric neurosurgeon Jason Blatt, M.D., FAANS; William Friedman, M.D., and Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., co-directors of University of Florida’s Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy; and several other team members.


UF study finds younger patients with colorectal cancer less likely to have targetable genetic mutations

A new study led by University of Florida researchers found that while younger patients with colorectal cancer were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stage colorectal malignancies, these patients had significantly lower rates of genetic mutations, decreasing the number of effective, approved drugs that are available for treatment. Universal genetic testing at UF Health identified a relatively large population of older patients with sporadic colorectal cancer who were eligible for immunotherapy.

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Seven reasons lung cancer screening is underused

For Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November, UF Health experts shared reasons that lung cancer screening remains underused and what patients need to know.


Study: The influence of rural identity on perceptions of virtual human clinicians

New research from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications STEM Translational Communication Center explores how to develop virtual human clinicians that individuals highly identified with rurality find attractive. The study, titled “Can virtual human clinicians help close the gap in colorectal cancer screening for rural adults in the United States? The influence of rural identity on perceptions of virtual human clinicians,” was published in the December 2022 edition of Preventive Medicine Reports.


Celebrating mentors

Catherine Flores, Ph.D., an associate professor in the department of neurosurgery in the University of Florida College of Medicine, was celebrated for her role as an inspiring mentor. “I always felt included in her lab, and I greatly appreciated the relaxed and fun culture,” said her mentee, John W. Figg, a third-year M.D.-Ph.D. student researching cancer biology.


Elizabeth Flood-Grady, Ph.D., receives NIH LRP research grant

Elizabeth Flood-Grady, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor in the UF STEM Translational Communication Center and manager of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Recruitment Center, received a grant for her work evaluating a recruitment intervention and implementing a system for tracking cancer clinical trial recruitment outcomes in the university’s clinical trial management system.


Community service initiative brings neurosurgery faculty, staff, learners and trainees together

As part of a community service initiative, members of the UF department of neurosurgery participate in different projects each month, from serving food to those experiencing homelessness and putting together care packages for military members to collecting school supplies for children in need and taking part in breast cancer awareness walks. The entire department is invited to join, from clinical and research faculty and staff to residents, fellows and students.


Jupiter scientist Courtney Miller, Ph.D., named BioFlorida’s Entrepreneur of the Year

Florida’s biotechnology industry organization, BioFlorida, has awarded its 2022 Weaver H. Gaines Entrepreneur of the Year award to Courtney Miller, Ph.D., a member of the UF Health Cancer Center. Miller, who serves as director of academic affairs and a professor at UF Scripps Biomedical Research, was praised for her ongoing passion for developing a new class of treatments for cancer and addiction.



UF Health Cancer Center Research Day 2023

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About: The UF Health Cancer Center invites you to Research Day 2023 at the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center on Jan. 11, 2023. The event includes a judged poster session, thesis presentations by our Predoctoral Award recipients, and a keynote presentation by Thomas Gajewski, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Chicago.

Please RSVP by Jan. 6.

When: Jan. 11, 2023 | 4 p.m. | Schedule of events

Where: Hilton University of Florida Conference Center

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Contact: | 352-273-8014