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"Discovery is our Business." Charles Huggins (Nobel Prize Laureate)

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Biography of Charles Brenton Huggins

"With blood on the hands I have chance, seated at the desk I have no chance." Charles Brenton Huggins (Nobel Prize Laureate) Click Here for Biography of Dr. Huggins

Biography of Charles Brenton Huggins

Welcome to the Ben May Department for Cancer Research

Our vision is a future where cancer is eliminated by total cure or managed by chronic treatment that enables a high quality of life.

The mission of the Ben May Department is embodied in the motto of our founder, the late Nobel Prize winner Charles Huggins: "Discovery is our Business."  In that spirit of discovery, our researchers are pushing the boundaries of understanding and challenging the assumptions that often impede progress.  We believe the first step toward preventing or curing cancer is basic research on the intricacies of the human body and the molecular, cellular, and genetic events that lead to cancer.  Advances in our fundamental understanding of cancer can then be translated into better methods of prevention and diagnosis.

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Ludwig Center at UChicago to receive $90 million to support research on cancer metastasis

Under the direction of Ralph Weichselbaum and Geoffrey Greene, the Ludwig Center at the University of Chicago will use the funding to accelerate research on metastasis—the process by which cancer cells spread from a primary tumor to multiple distant sites. 

Article links: UChicagoNews  Chicago Tribune

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Marsha Rosner, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Marsha Rich Rosner, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Dr. Rosner is the Charles B. Huggins Professor at the University of Chicago. She also served the University of Chicago Ben May Department of Cancer Research as Chair from 2000 until 2013. She is being honored for distinguished contributions to the field of signal transduction, particularly for characterization of novel kinases and the function and regulation of the MAP kinase pathway. 

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Multi-gene Test Could Help Spot Breast Cancer Patients Most at Risk

A new test has the potential to help physicians identify patients with the most lethal forms of triple-negative breast cancer, a disease which requires aggressive and innovative treatment.

"We were able to detect bad guys hiding among the good guys," said study author Marsha Rosner, PhD, professor in the Ben May Department for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago. "When we applied our approach to clusters of patients sorted by the existing tests, we could spot exceptions."

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