Anuradha Budhu, Ph.D.
Anuradha Budhu, Ph.D., heads a research team at the National Cancer Institute that recently uncovered an imbalance between saturated and unsaturated fats (such as palmitic or fatty acids) that occur in patients with a common liver cancer called hepatocellular carcinoma, or HCC. Budhu’s team also determined that HCC patients with high unsaturated fat levels had poor survival rates, suggesting that a shift of balance toward saturated fats may be a novel therapeutic strategy in the treatment of aggressive liver cancer.
Budhu, who earned her doctorate at Cornell University, is a staff scientist at NCI’s Center for Cancer Research. She has been awarded CCR’s outstanding postdoctoral award as well as the NCI Director’s Innovation Award.
The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
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The Association of American Cancer Institutes recently honored Alan S. Rabson, M.D., with a Special Recognition Award that recognized his achievements over five decades at the National Cancer Institute, as a deputy director, pathologist, cancer researcher, administrator, and clinical advisor. The award also celebrates his numerous discoveries in virology and authorship of more than 100 scientific journal articles.
Arnold Rabson, M.D., left, accepts the Special Recognition Award from AACI, on behalf of his father. Presenting the award at the Oct. 15 ceremony is AACI President William S. Dalton, M.D., Ph.D., chief executive officer and director of the Moffitt Cancer Center. Photo by Mike Gatty.
His son, Arnold Rabson, M.D., accepted the award on his behalf.