Garvan Institute of Medical Research

New Review Published “The role of MDM2 and MDM4 in breast cancer development and prevention”

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Great news, we have had a co-author review published in the Journal of Molecular and Cellular Biology.

You can check out the full review here.

Abstract

The major cause of death from breast cancer is not the primary tumour, but relapsing, drug-resistant, metastatic disease. Identifying factors that contribute to aggressive cancer offers important leads for therapy. Inherent defense against carcinogens depends on the individual molecular make-up of each person. Important molecular determinants of these responses are under the control of the mouse double minute (MDM) family: comprised of the proteins MDM2 and MDM4. In normal, healthy adult cells, the MDM family functions to critically regulate measured, cellular responses to stress and subsequent recovery. Proper function of the MDM family is vital for normal breast development, but also for preserving genomic fidelity. The MDM family members are best characterized for their negative regulation of the major tumour suppressor p53 to modulate stress responses. Their impact on other cellular regulators is emerging. Inappropriately elevated protein levels of the MDM family are highly associated with an increased risk of cancer incidence. Exploration of the MDM family members as cancer therapeutic targets is relevant for designing tailored anti-cancer treatments, but successful approaches must strategically consider the impact on both the target cancer and adjacent healthy cells and tissues. This review focuses on recent findings pertaining to the role of the MDM family in normal and malignant breast cells.

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Public Talk “Killing Cancer One Cell at a Time ” now on YouTube

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Here is a recent talk I gave to some members of the public at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.

It is a very general and simple over-view of explaining 1) how cells in your body proliferate, 2) how this goes wrong in cancer, 3) the challenges we are facing in treating and killing cancer, and 4) most importantly how we hoping to improve current treatments in the near future.

A big thanks to all the fantastic Garvan Foundation Team who hosted, filmed, and edited the event.

2014 Garvan Cancer Division PhD Open Day, 10th September !

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Are you interested in Cancer Research and want to do a PhD at the Garvan?
Then come along to the open day and where you can meet with all the supervisors, discover some amazing projects, and get all the information you need to start your career in Cancer Research.

Information

  • Date: Wednesday 10th of September 2014
  • Time: 1.45-5pm
  • Venue: The Kinghorn Cancer Centre, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, 370 Victoria St, Darlinghurst

Registration is free but limited to the first 25 registrants, and closes at 4.00 pm on Tuesday, 09th Sep 2014.

For more information and to register for the day, please visit the website [link] or contact Dr Alessandra Bray.