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November 2022

Director’s Update

Robert A. Winn

Milestone moments: There are times when you look around and realize the moment that you are in is momentous — monumental, even. These past two months at Massey have been one of those times. In these 60 days, we hosted the National Cancer Institute as part of our Cancer Center Support Grant renewal process to demonstrate how we are excelling as a leader in cancer research and equity, and our inaugural Lung Cancer Closing the Gap summit spread the message about the importance of cancer screenings and prevention. We continued to increase clinical trial accruals that we know can save lives. And a new ad campaign launched this month conveys the very core of what we are here to do: Keep more people in the picture. These efforts, and your continued support, all advance our mission to help more Virginians survive and thrive. Thank you.


Robert A. Winn, M.D.
Director and Lipman Chair in Oncology, VCU Massey Cancer Center
Senior Associate Dean for Cancer Innovation, VCU School of Medicine

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Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award program established by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation

VCU to lead Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program established by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation

VCU is partnering with the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation and other partners to lead the Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials Award Program, also known as the Winn Awards. The national program was established with a $100 million grant from BMSF to increase diversity in community-oriented clinical trials. Read more

Impact of NCI Comprehensive Designation

Massey Associate Director for Translational Research Steven Grant, M.D., shares how NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center would elevate Massey’s reputation as a leader in research and clinical care. Watch

Ad campaign: Keeping everyone in the picture

Our greatest aspiration is offering hope to individuals and families facing cancer and, better yet, preventing it all together. This fall, Massey launched a new campaign that embodies hope through the research breakthroughs that Massey is helping make possible. Watch

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Massey Club

Massey Club: Celebrating the power of giving where it counts most

This fall, the Massey Club, our leadership giving society, celebrated 30 years of impact, inspiration and innovation. The power of the Massey Club – which contributes unrestricted funds to Massey – is that it supports Massey’s greatest needs. Watch | Read more

A story of survivorship inspires giving

William H. Jones III vividly remembers how devastated he felt when his only niece, Emily, was diagnosed with leukemia as a teenager. Massey treated Emily’s leukemia through a bone marrow transplant and she’s been in remission ever since. Her story inspired Jones to donate his estate to charity, and he included Massey in that gift. Read more

Massey patient with rare cancer runs New York City marathon

In November, a Massey patient with a rare cancer ran the New York City Marathon. Margaret McGugan took on the challenge this year, fueled by her gratitude for living nine years strong with neuroendocrine cancer. Read more

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Women & Wellness

Save the date for Women and Wellness 2023

Signature Luncheon: Feb. 7
Wellness Conference: March 25

Feb. 7’s Women and Wellness signature luncheon at The Jefferson Hotel will feature stories of survivorship and hope with special guest, two-time breast cancer survivor, Bravo TV’s Bershan Shaw, along with fellow cancer survivors. On March 25, attend the Second Annual Wellness Conference to explore cancer and wellness topics.

For 28 years, Women and Wellness has raised awareness and $5 million to advance Massey’s mission to fight cancer. Learn more

Donors drive and serve to fight cancer

Massey supporters rallied this fall to support cancer research with a series of tennis and golf tournaments, raising more than $120,000. Thank you to the hosts and participants of:
  • Play It Forward and Pink Ribbons of Hope tennis tournaments
  • 9-Hole Boob Bash
  • 17th annual Highlands-Massey Classic, hosted by Massey Advisory Board member and cancer survivor George Emerson
Are you interested in hosting your own Massey fundraising event? Reach out

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Massey researchers

Clinical trials accruals continue to grow

As of the end of October, more than 200 patients are participating in clinical trials at Massey — a number that exceeds those of 2019 and 2020 and is nearing our accrual goal total of 250. Clinical trials save lives. Read more

Massey scientists pinpoint druggable target in breast cancer

Through a comprehensive and cutting-edge genomic screening method known as CRISPR/CAS9 screening, Massey researchers, led by Anthony Faber, Ph.D., and Jennifer Koblinski, Ph.D., were able to identify a specific enzyme that could be an ideal therapeutic target in triple-negative breast cancer. Read more

$5 million research grants support breast cancer-related studies

Two Massey researchers recently received separate grants totaling more than $5 million to study key aspects related to breast cancer. Hua Zhao, Ph.D., will study the role of a DNA repair pathway in the development of breast cancer, and Rakesh Kukreja, Ph.D., will explore ways to reduce the risk of heart issues associated with treatment for breast cancer. Read more

Promising therapeutic target for incurable brain cancer

Massey scientists, including researcher Suyun Huang, M.D., Ph.D., have identified a promising therapeutic target for incurable brain cancer through the discovery of a cellular partnership that drives the growth of deadly brain tumors. Read more

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