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Researcher Q&A with Dr. Raymond Konger

Posted by PCF Admin on March 15th, 2011 | No Comments »
Konger

Research - In spring 2007, Dr. Raymond Konger was awarded a grant from the Prevent Cancer Foundation to support his research on skin cancer. Now an Associate Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Dermatology at Indiana University, Dr. Konger continues his research, stating, “My focus on cancer prevention is based on the idea that the best way to treat a cancer is to prevent it from occurring in the first place.” Tell us about your research examining the blockade of peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma (PPARg), a cellular protein that is important in regulating gene expression, as a strategy for cancer chemoprevention. I became interested in PPARg approximately 5-6 years ago when we discovered the ultraviolet rays in sunlight triggered the conversion of normal cellular lipids into "oxidized" lipids that activated PPARg. It is known that repeated exposure to ultraviolet rays in sunlight account for more than 90% of skin cancers.  I reasoned that if ultraviolet rays could activate PPARg, then PPARg may play an important role in sun-induced skin cancer formation. As it turns out, our early data would appear to support this conclusion.  In our most recent studies, our preliminary data shows that mice treated with a chemical carcinogen develop far ...

Katherine Hayes, JD, to speak at the 2011 Dialogue for Action

Posted by Sarah Abou-El-Seoud, Programs Associate on March 14th, 2011 | No Comments »
Katherine Hayes, JD

Conferences - We are excited to announce that Katherine Hayes, JD, will speak on Health Care Reform 101 at the 2011 Dialogue for Action taking place March 24-25 in Baltimore, Maryland. Ms. Hayes is a lead scientist and professional lecturer in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). She has over twenty years of health policy experience at the federal and state levels of government. She has ...

Healthy Recipes: Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken

Posted by Janet Hudson on March 11th, 2011 | No Comments »
Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken

Healthy Eating - Chicken turns this Greek-inspired salad into a substantial main course. Feel free to substitute other chopped fresh vegetables, such as broccoli or bell peppers, for the tomatoes or cucumber. Use leftover chicken, store-roasted chicken or quickly poach a couple boneless, skinless chicken breasts while you prepare the rest of the salad. Serve with pita bread and hummus. 4 servings, about 3 cups each  Active Time: 25 minutes / Total Time: 25 minutes Ingredients 1/3 cup red-wine vinegar 2 tablespoons extra-virgin ...

ScreeningSaves.org: Ready for a Challenge?

Posted by PCF AdminPCF Admin on March 10th, 2011 | No Comments »
Mary Dempsey, Maureen Higgins, Mark Turcotte

Regular Screening - To honor National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, the Prevent Cancer Foundation launched the Screening Saves Lives Web site and issued a Screening Saves Lives National Challenge to community organizations to submit colorectal cancer screening and awareness projects and initiatives.  As part of the Challenge, organizations are asked to mobilize their communities to demonstrate their support by voting on the Web site. Top vote-getting projects move on to the judges, who will then choose the top ...