Topic: cancer

Affordable cancer treatments are few, lack research funding

Research is lacking on potential low-cost cancer treatments because the drugs involved won’t provide big profits for pharmaceutical companies, according to an April 23, 2014 ProPublica article. The article describes the experience of Michael Retsky of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), who…

K. ‘Vish’ Viswanath honored for tobacco control research, mentoring

K. “Vish” Viswanath, professor of health communications at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), recently was awarded two national honors. He received the Joseph W. Cullen Award for distinguished achievement in national tobacco control research and advocacy at the American Society of…

Prostate cancer: surgery vs. watchful waiting

For immediate release: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 Boston, MA -- More than 230,000 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year in the United States, but determining their course of treatment remains a source of considerable debate. A new study by…

Genes and prostate cancer in men

Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology, was a co-author of a Nature study that identified genes that may help determine which men are likely to have aggressive forms of prostate cancer. February 18, 2011 (4:11) Please click the player icon above to play this…

Prostate cancer: Clearing up confusion

February 19, 2014 — Lorelei Mucci, associate professor of epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), studies the factors that influence prostate cancer risk and progression. She answers three questions about recent research findings in the field that have generated confusion…

The oddsmaker

[ Spring 2008 ] A math whiz takes on brain cancer, MS, and Alzheimer’s disease.  Rebecca Betensky’s dad worked as a statistician for a global oil company on “credit rating stuff,” she says, so for a long time, she “stayed as far away from…

Where DNA meets daily life

[Fall 2010] The intersection of genes and the environment is the new target of public health research. Red hair is a genetically determined trait. And when redheads with Celtic roots move to sun-drenched countries near the equator, their risk of skin cancer…

Alumni Award of Merit Winners 2009

[Fall 2009] Scientific Pioneers, Inspirational Teachers Call them pioneers for delving into unexplored research areas. Call them conventional-wisdom busters for proving that common health risks can be limited or eliminated. Or call them mentors who challenge students and guide them to be…