Earlier this month, 18 Grant Review Panel members met at the American Institute for Cancer Research office in Arlington, Virginia, to evaluate grant proposals addressing the effects of lifestyle choices on cancer risk and outcomes. These applications were submitted in response to AICR’s call for proposals to fund projects investigating the link between diet, physical activity, body composition, and cancer.
Ten years ago, the first edition of Alberta’s Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer was held in the foothills south of Calgary. This weekend, I will be doing The Ride for the tenth time. Since it started, The Ride has raised over $66 million for cancer research, cancer prevention and enhanced cancer care. A decade of riding and fundraising compels me to ask myself, “What has it accomplished? What has changed?” Well, the answer to those questions is that The Ride, and the proceeds raised by it and other events like it, have facilitated unprecedented progress and had a massive impact on the lives of those facing cancer. Read more… ““The Ride We Are Passionate About””
A recent study, published in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, has attracted significant attention and created considerable confusion in recent weeks. The title of the study simply states “Asparagine bioavailability governs metastasis in a model of breast cancer.” As a scientist, when I read the study, the caveats implicit in this title are clear. The key words of caution regarding this study are “in a model of breast cancer.” This clearly indicates to the scientific community at least, that the authors are openly acknowledging that this study cannot be interpreted as directly translatable to human patients. However, less cautious interpretations of this study have led to extraordinary claims being made in the lay press and on social media. Read more… “In the News: Asparagus and Breast Cancer”