Posts by Joe Rojas-Burke

Lighting up nerves to prevent damage during surgery

Sparing nerves from injury remains a huge problem for surgeons. Researchers in Oregon have developed a possible solution: nerve-specific fluorescent dyes that allow operators to view nerves deeper...

How scientists are mapping the cancer ecosystem to find cures

Cancer is more than just tumor cells driven by gene mutations. Cancer is like an ecosystem filled with evolving populations of tumor cells that interact with and enlist support from neighboring...

Advancing immunotherapy for life-threatening prostate cancer

Restoring tumor-specific immunity is a treatment strategy that has worked well, but only against some cancers. Research led by OHSU oncologist Julie Graff, M.D., revived hope that the approach may...

Cancer genome study reveals big window for early detection

Tell-tale DNA errors arise years before tumors become dangerous. For cancers that can’t currently be detected early, a new discovery suggests there may be a large window of time in which to look...

From old samples, new breast cancer answers

OHSU scientists have shown how it’s possible to obtain detailed views of breast cancer gene activity from preserved tumor samples more than a decade old. The researchers say their RNA sequencing...

Knight Cancer Institute signal achievements of 2019

From basic research, to patient care, to impact in the community, the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute has a mission to end cancer as we know it. Here’s a look back at a year of...