Knight Cancer Institute signal achievements of 2017

Serving Oregonians. Delivering discoveries. Developing talented clinicians and scientists. Leading the way. Here’s a look back at accomplishments by the staff and faculty of the Knight Cancer Institute. They reflect a mission of delivering compassionate care and scientific discoveries that will end cancer as we know it.

An evergreen ‘topping out’ for the Knight Cancer Research Building

(OHSU/Joe Rojas-Burke)   Ironworkers placed the final steel beam onto the Knight Cancer Research Building on Monday. And in the “topping out” tradition, members of Ironworkers Local 29 signed the beam and affixed a live fir tree and a U.S. flag before hoisting it into position seven stories above Portland’s South Waterfront District.

Enterprising cancer treatment ideas nurtured with pilot funds

Finding new treatment targets for aggressive prostate cancer, lymphoma and leukemia. Visualizing how breast tumors grow resistant to drug therapy. Using mobile phone sensors to track symptoms in patients with pancreatic cancer. These are some of the new pilot projects funded by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute.

Two Knight Cancer scientists are among the world’s most highly cited

Knight Cancer Institute researchers Brian Druker, M.D., and Michael Heinrich, M.D., are among the “world’s most influential scientific minds,” according to the annual list produced by Thomson Reuters.

Solving the problem of drug-resistant cancer

Solving the problem of drug-resistant cancer

To discover ways to prevent or delay drug resistance in cancer, a new NCI-funded center at OHSU is exploring how acute myeloid leukemia cells evolve and adapt.