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Dr. Yeatman presents at 2014 CCCR Faculty Retreat

On January 9th, CCCR faculty came together at their Annual Retreat to share new ideas and information.  Many graduate students featured their research in a lively poster session.  The keynote speaker was Dr. Timothy Yeatman, who is President of Gibbs Research Institute and Director of Gibbs Cancer Center in Spartanburg, SC.  Dr. Yeatman’s lecture, which was entitled “New Insights into the Molecular Biology of Colorectal Cancer”, reviewed the latest developments in personalized approaches to colon cancer.  In all, it was an informative and stimulating day!

This past summer, Dr. Frank Berger was selected to receive USC's 2013 Breakthrough Leadership in Research Award. Congratulations Dr. Berger! You have set a fantastic path for your peers and are a wonderful mentor to students, faculty and staff alike!


On December 16, the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries released their annual report on incidences and death rates for 19 leading cancers during the period 2001-2010.  The report shows that overall incidence has decreased in men, and stabilized in women over the 10-year period; overall death rates have also declined.  Of particular interest is the finding that among the cancers analyzed, colorectal cancer had the largest decrease in incidence (29% in men, 24% in women) and the second largest decrease in mortality (29% in men and in women).  The authors attribute their findings to increased screening and removal of pre-cancerous polyps, along with improvements in treatment.  

A press release from the National Cancer Institute summarizing the report can be found at