UMNEWS – Miller School of Medicine

findings could improve cancer treatment

New findings that could improve cancer treatment have been made by a team of scientists at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and published in the Jan.7 issue of the journal Molecular Cell. The team, led by Beatriz Fontoura, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, figured out how one viral protein disrupts the movement of molecules in and out of cells, which could lead to more effective use of the virus to kill cancer cells.

The findings may prove useful in improving a cancer therapy technique, which uses certain viruses to deliver a targeted killing blow to cancer cells.

“Moving molecules in and out of cells involves very complex processes, and if traffic goes wrong, and molecules are stuck in the wrong place at the wrong time, you can develop disease or therapies can fail,” explains Fontoura. “Our results provided more information about this cellular pathway.”

Scientists from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the UM/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the School of Medicine were also involved in the research.

ELSEWHERE – Stanford freshman get ‘naked’ for a good cause

(U-WIRE) STANFORD, Calif. -When an earthquake sent tsunamis crashing across the Indian Ocean shoreline Dec. 26, killing tens of thousands, Andrew Burmon, a freshman at Stanford University, and fellow first-years Pam Geist and Joel Lewenstein, had the idea the idea for a pinup calendar featuring 14 naked first-years to raise money for the affected areas.

It took them two weeks to shoot and produce the 12-month calendar, each month featuring a different coed-or two-from Larkin, the university’s largest all-freshman dorm. The black-and-white calendar starts selling next week for $10, half of which will go to Save the Children by way of the umbrella group Stanford Students for Relief.

They have already received orders for 70 calendars.

“Suggestive nudity,” is an appropriate term for the style of photography, Lewenstein said.

Dylan Keil, also known as Mr. May, is reading a copy of The Daily in Stern Dining, a tray over his lap with apples and a banana suggestively situated on top.

Miss February is Cori Marquis, who donned librarian’s glasses and nothing else. The TIME magazine featuring President George W. Bush as Man of the Year covers her pelvis.

Lewenstein and Burmon stripped down to become Messrs. August in what is perhaps the calendar’s most risqu