War on cancer progress revealed

Carol Bult

Carol Bult

BAR HARBOR — The deputy director of the Jackson Laboratory Cancer Center will talk about whether progress is being made in the “war on cancer” when she speaks at the Acadia Senior College at Birch Bay Village on Friday, Oct. 23, at noon.

At the Food for Thought event, Carol Bult will review recent progress in cancer research with a focus on promising new therapeutic approaches using immunotherapy and genome-guided medicine. “I will argue that these advances are not necessarily paths to curing cancer but to managing cancer as a chronic disease,” said Bult.

In the 40-plus years since Richard Nixon declared war on cancer, there have been significant advances in understanding the molecular and genetic principles of cancer. However, the goal of translating that understanding into cures for cancer remains elusive.

Bult is well known for her scientific contributions to research that led to the first three completed genome sequences for cellular organisms and for her contributions to the mouse genome sequencing project. At Jackson Laboratory, Bult and her collaborators maintain a unique database of genetic and genomic data for mouse models of human disease – a resource that is free to the entire scientific community. Her research group collaborates with researchers and clinicians to use mice as models to understand the genetic and molecular drivers of cancer and birth defects.

The lecture from noon to 1 p.m. is free. A hot buffet lunch that costs $11 is available at 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required for either. Contact the Acadia Senior College office at 288-9500, or at [email protected].

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