More than 20 researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah made their mark on the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting this year. Held in Washington, D.C., the convention drew more than 21,500 cancer researchers from all over the world. Scientists attended sessions on topics from immunotherapy to precision medicine. About 15 researchers from HCI presented posters in the main conference hall, on a wide range of topics. ... Read MoreHealth Sciences,Health Care
Working to Understand Who Develops Cancer and Why
The Schiffman Lab studies pediatric hereditary cancer syndromes, with a special interest in genetic susceptibility to childhood cancers. Our research investigates molecular changes in childhood cancers, as well as the germline genetic variation that gives rise to childhood tumors. It is our goal to find out who gets cancer and why, so that we can develop ways to better predict, prevent, and treat cancer in the clinic.
All of our studies include the perspective of evolutionary (Darwinian) medicine, with a focus on comparative oncology to identify universal drivers of cancer risk and development. By examining the genetics of cancer in our animal relatives alongside our own, we offer a dynamic and creative approach to translational genomics. Working with collaborators from all over the country and the world, we’re able to study cancer in people, dogs, and elephants. This transdisciplinary approach continues to yield new and exciting results.
Areas of Study
- p53 and Li-Fraumeni Syndrome
- Elephant p53
- What Is Ewing Sarcoma?
- Genetic Predispositions for Ewing Sarcoma (Project GenESis)
- The Genetics of Ewing Sarcoma Tumors
Cancer in the Population
- Cancer Genetics Study
- Pediatric Biobank
News & Blog
When Kiera Jorgensen was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 19, she fought not only sarcoma, but also a deadly mystery that had loomed over her family for generations. Now years out of treatment, Kiera has answers and is conducting research to help families like hers better understand a rare genetic mutation.... Read MoreHealth Care
Why elephants rarely get cancer is a mystery that has stumped scientists for decades. A study led by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah and Arizona State University, and including researchers from the Ringling Bros. Center for Elephant Conservation, may have found the answer.... Read MoreHealth Care
A Worldwide Search for the Genetic Roots of Sarcoma: Utah Researchers Awarded $250,000 International Study Grant
Two physician-researchers from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah will be among the principal investigators (PIs) in a new worldwide study focused on the genetics of sarcoma.... Read MoreHealth Sciences,Health Care
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and Kneaders Bakery and Cafe is encouraging customers to join them in their unique campaign to fight childhood cancer, one delicious cookie at a time!... Read MoreSelect...
Starting September 12, you can buy these delicious Elephant-shaped sugar cookies, dipped in white chocolate, with sprinkles at any of the 9 Kneaders locations in Colorado. 100% of sales from each cookie sale goes to benefit Dr. Josh Schiffman's Childhood Cancer Research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute.... Read MoreSelect...