From the AICR Research Conference: Dr. JoEllen Welsh on Vitamin D and Breast Cancer

Dr. Welsh chaired our 2010 research conference and its plenary session on aging, diet, physical activity and cancer, but she also presented on her own research involving vitamin D and breast cancer.

Dr. Welsh reviews her presentation, and shares some of the implications of her cutting-edge, AICR-supported research.

Here’s a handy glossary to some of the terms she uses with which you might be unfamiliar:

“…knockout of the vdr…”:  Here, she’s talking about working w/an organism whose breast cells don’t respond to the presence of vitamin D, and tracking how this affects the way its breast tissue responds.  Her work suggests that vitamin D plays an important role in governing the breast’s immune response.

“…cytokines...”:  These are the cellular message-carriers of our immune system — they help our bodies defend against infections by passing along information and regulating our immune response.

“…the neonate…”:  The newborn.


From the AICR Research Conference: Dr. Michael Fenech on DNA Damage

We caught up with the internationally renowned Dr. Michael Fenech of CSIRO Food and Nutrition Sciences in Adelaide, Australia, who presented at the 2010 AICR Research Conference during its opening plenary session.  His talk focused on the issue of DNA damage, which is a fundamental cause of many diseases and a key component in cancer development.  He reviewed data showing that many dietary nutrients interact with enzymes involved with DNA maintenance and repair, and laid out a roadmap that may ultimately lead to dietary guidelines for preventing DNA damage.

Dr. Fenech is highly regarded in the international research community for developing a means to measure DNA damage in human cells.


Cancer Experts On the Decade’s Greatest Advances

2010TestTubeCroppedIn the latest issue of Cancer Research Update, AICR’s biweekly email newsletter on the science of cancer prevention, treatment and survival, we asked cancer researchers and educators to answer one, simple question:

What do we know today that we didn’t know just 10 years ago?

Their answers might surprise you – they surprised us.  Although epidemiologists, clinicians, basic researchers and health professionals differ on what they believe to be the most important achievement in the past ten years, they agreed on one thing:  It’s never been clearer that diet, physical activity and a healthy weight all play an important protective role.

Check out the article – and subscribe to Cancer Research Update today.