Topic: cancer

Franziska Michor wins 2015 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise

Franziska Michor, associate professor of computational biology, has won a 2015 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. Michor was chosen for her research that fuses evolutionary biology, mathematics, and clinical research toward a better understanding of cancer genesis and treatments.…

Most cancers not just ‘bad luck’

January 26, 2015 -- Although a recent article in the journal Science and a subsequent press release about the article led to a spate of headlines implying that most cancer is due to “bad luck,” David Hunter, Vincent L. Gregory Professor in…

Why Public Health? Darrell Gray, II

May 2014 — In our video series “Why Public Health?” we ask Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health students and alumni to talk about what drew them to the field. Darrell Gray, II, MD, MPH ’14, is determined to reduce the incidence of…

Obesity linked to aggressive prostate cancer

A new report that analyzed the health histories of 9.8 million men finds strong evidence that excess body fat may increase advanced prostate cancer risk. The report, Diet, Nutrition, Physical Activity and Prostate Cancer, was released by the American Institute for Cancer…

The ‘incredible possibilities’ of big data

October 27, 2014 -- When Kent Walker’s mother-in-law was diagnosed with a type of brain cancer initially deemed incurable, Walker’s 17-year-old daughter began scouring the Internet for information that might help her grandmother’s cause. She came across an ongoing clinical trial on her…

Red meat consumption and breast cancer risk

October 9, 2014 — Maryam S Farvid, a visiting scientist and Takemi fellow at Harvard School of Public Health, was first author on two recent studies that found that young women who ate higher amounts of red meat had a higher risk…

Red meat may raise young women’s breast cancer risk

New research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) finds a link between high consumption of red meat and breast cancer in young women. Compared with women who had one serving of red meat a week, those who ate 1.5 servings a…

Healthy diet and cancer risk: What do we know?

Studies have shown that diets rich in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish, and chicken—and low on sugar and red meat—can reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. But evidence that healthy diets also reduce cancer risk remains less conclusive. Walter…

Improving cancer care around the world

With cancer now the leading cause of death in low- and middle-income countries, it’s important to urge leaders around the world to address global disparities in cancer care, according to health economist Felicia Knaul. Knaul, director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative and…