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Embryonic Stem Cell Research – Back in the Center of Policy Debate

Posted by PCF Admin on October 12th, 2010 | No Comments »

Advocacy - For nearly a decade, the subject of embryonic stem cell research has been in the headlines. Harris poll results released over the weekend indicate that almost three quarters of adults surveyed are in favor of using embryonic stem cells left over from in vitro fertilization procedures to search for potential prevention or treatment of diseases such as cancer, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, diabetes and other conditions. These poll results remain consistent with a similar survey released in 2005. So what are embryonic stem cells, what role do they play in cancer and disease research, and what is the status of the policy? Human embryonic stem cells come from an egg that has been fertilized in a lab as part of the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process for couples that struggle with infertility. When this process is completed, there are often excess embryos that will never be used for reproductive purposes and are discarded. Instead, these embryos can be donated for scientific research, which is a choice that many couples make. Embryonic stem (ES) cells come from a microscopic ball of cells called a blastocyst — or, an embryo that is just a few days old. This ball of cells is smaller than the period at ...

Research for Early Detection

Posted by Janet Hudson on October 11th, 2010 | No Comments »
Yu Chen, PhD

25th Anniversary / Research - Yu Chen, PhD Assistant Professor, University of Maryland I am deeply grateful to the Prevent Cancer Foundation for supporting my research career in optical imaging for early cancer detection. Previously, I was supported by a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Prevent Cancer Foundation in 2004-2006. This was my first research grant and was a critical learning experience for me to administrate a research project. The fellowship provided the essential support for conducting my proposed research - early detection ...

Healthy Recipes:Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Posted by Janet Hudson on October 8th, 2010 | No Comments »
Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp

Healthy Eating - Marinating precooked shrimp in garlic- and lemon-infused oil is a simple yet elegant appetizer.   Yield: 12 servings Total Time: 10 minutes Prep Time: 10 minutes To Make Ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Recipe Ingredients: 3 tablespoons minced garlic 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1 1/4 pounds cooked shrimp Recipe Steps: Place garlic and oil in a small skillet and cook over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add ...

Cancer Prevention Laurels: Celebrating 8 Years of Award Winners!

Posted by Sarah Abou, Programs Associate on October 7th, 2010 | No Comments »

Conferences / Foundation News - Each year for the past 8 years, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has presented Laurels awards to innovators and leaders in the fight against cancer. This event began in 2003 as a means of both recognizing and celebrating leaders in cancer prevention. The laurel was chosen because it is an ancient Roman symbol of tribute, honor, victory, merit, and reward. In 2009, the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable joined the Foundation as a co-sponsor of the awards. Again, ...