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Family Update is a biweekly newsletter we hope families visiting the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute can use. This newsletter is our opportunity to share with you stories about the exciting work of our cancer scientists, advances in medical care, and our heroes and supporters. Family Update also contains information about upcoming community events, as well as events and activities here at the hospital for our patients, their families and friends. You can also find out who the current fellows and attending physicians are.
Nancy Ratner, PhD is one of a small group of US researchers to receive the prestigious Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award.The Jacob K. Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award is awarded by the National Institutes of Health. It is a special Merit grant awarded to investigators “who have a history of exceptional talent, imagination and preeminent scientific achievement in the field of neurological science, and who are expected to be exceptionally productive during the tenure of the grant.”In Dr. Ratner’s case, the award is given based on her laboratory’s contributions to understanding tumor formation in neurofibromatosis. The award grants Dr. Ratner $1.75 million over seven years to conduct research on neurofibromatosis, a disorder associated with nerve and brain tumors. The Javits Award money will allow Dr. Ratner to better understand how the NF1 mutation and molecules called “Ras proteins” are involved in the growth of nerve tumors. A goal of her research program is to identify drugs or combinations of drugs that will affect these proteins and stop the growth of neurofibromatosis tumors-- and other cancers that have NF1 mutations.
Read our most recent issue, published in portable document format (PDF).
The Family Support Network at Cincinnati Children’s supports the quality of life for children and families experiencing cancer, a blood disease or immune disorder.
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