Ludwig In the News

November 29, 2023
X-Health show

Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos was the featured guest on this podcast, which focuses on the future of healthcare.

November 28, 2023

This article covers talks given by Ludwig Oxford’s Richard White and Ludwig MIT Co-director Tyler Jacks at the Barcelona Biomed conference. Free registration is required for full access to this article.

November 9, 2023

Ludwig Princeton’s Michael Skinnider won the grand prize of the NOMIS & Science Young Explorer Award for this essay, which describes his development as an MD/PhD student of an AI technology to detect novel designer drugs as they emerge on the illicit market.

October 15, 2023

This article profiles Ludwig Institute Board Member Jedd Wolchok, who was recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine in recognition of his landmark contributions to tumor immunology and immunotherapy.

September 1, 2023
JCO Precision Oncology

Ludwig Johns Hopkins’ Yuxuan Wang and Ludwig alumnus Jeanne Tie of the University of Melbourne discuss in this editorial the current state of liquid biopsy clinical development as well as a prospective study reported in the same issue of the journal examining the use of one such test in a subgroup of symptomatic participants.

August 21, 2023
The Miror

This story reports on a multiplexed nanotech diagnostic that can not only detect cancer but also discriminate between tumor types and states of disease progression developed by Ludwig MIT’s Sangeeta Bhatia and colleagues and reported in Nature Nanotechnology, which eLudwigNews covered in April.

July 10, 2023
Cancer Discovery*

An interview with Ludwig Institute Scientific Advisor Philip Greenberg, who began a one-year term as president of the American Association for Cancer Research in April 2023.

June 20, 2023
Science Signaling

A Nature paper led by Ludwig Institute’s Benoît Van den Eynde and Jingjing Zhu reporting that existing antihypertensive drugs, α2AR agonists, can potently activate antitumor immune responses is discussed in this Editors’ Choice article.

June 13, 2023
The ASCO Post

This article covers a Nature study co-led by Ludwig Harvard’s Andrew Lane and Peter van Galen on how the journey of precancerous cells from the bone marrow to the skin can trigger genetic transformations that initiate a rare type of leukemia.

June 3, 2023
The ASCO Post

This profile of George Demetri covers the Ludwig Harvard co-director’s life, education, hobbies and fascinations, along with his outsize contributions to cancer research and care.

May 16, 2023

This article highlights the pioneering work done by Ludwig Harvard’s Rakesh Jain on the normalization of tumor blood vessels induced by angiogenesis inhibitors.

April 27, 2023
MedCity News

Quest Diagnostics is acquiring Haystack Oncology, which was founded by Ludwig Johns Hopkins’ Bert Vogelstein, Ken Kinzler and Nick Papadopoulos. The development of its technology was supported in good measure by a program for cancer prevention launched by Ludwig Cancer Research and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Additional coverage: The Business Journals* | GenomeWeb | MedTech Dive | STAT*| MedTech Insight | FierceBiotech | NJ Biz

April 20, 2023

This article shares new discoveries and presentations at the AACR 2023 Annual Meeting, including a presentation by Ludwig Stanford’s Siddhartha Jaiswal on CHIP, a disorder driven by the accumulation of somatic mutations in stem cells that can give rise to blood cancers and is associated with a number of other diseases.

April 13, 2023

In this article, Cell asked researchers, including Ludwig Lausanne’s Johanna Joyce and Ludwig Institute Scientific Advisor Juanita Merchant, about the questions they believe to be most important to the advancement of cancer research and care.

April 5, 2023
The Korea Herald

Ludwig Harvard’s Marcia Haigis was among the winners of the Samsung Ho-Am Prize award for this year in the fields of science, engineering, medicine, arts and community service.

March 30, 2023
News Medical

This study, led by Ludwig Lausanne Member Mikaël Pittet and Allon Klein of Harvard Medical School, identifies a functional state assumed by neutrophils following immunotherapy—termed the Sellhi state—in which they become formidable agents of antitumor immunity in mouse models of lung and colon cancer.

December 8, 2022
The New England Journal of Medicine

Ludwig Lausanne’s George Coukos wrote an editorial highlighting the results of a phase 3 clinical trial which showed that a treatment that uses immune cells harvested from a patient’s own tumors to treat melanoma was more effective as a second line therapy than the leading alternative treatment.

November 28, 2022
Agência FAPESP

This interview with Ludwig Institute Scientific Director Chi Van Dang, written in Portuguese, covers his work on cancer cell metabolism and chronobiology and his views on matters ranging from the future of cancer therapy to the challenges of developing cancer drugs.

November 28, 2022
News Medical

Researchers led by Ludwig Chicago’s Sean Pitroda report that local tumor irradiation alone does not positively stimulate anti-tumor immune responses in patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. The researchers also found that the addition of immunotherapy to radiotherapy (RT) reverses the radiation-induced suppression of the immune response, culminating in more effective tumor cell clearing than RT alone.

November 14, 2022
The Hub at Johns Hopkins

This feature on Chi Van Dang, scientific director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, reports on his contributions to cancer research and his return to Johns Hopkins University, where he completed his medical training and residency and began his career as an academic researcher, serving on the faculty for more than two decades.


October 28, 2022
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

This article reports on a new nanoparticle developed by researches led by Chicago’s Ralph Weichselbaum, Wenbin Lin and Kaiting Yang that accumulates in tumors and triggers potent therapeutic immune responses in mouse models of multiple cancers.

September 29, 2022
Princeton Alumni Weekly

This article reports on the establishment of the Princeton Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. It discusses the major research goals of the Branch and the importance of studying the role and influence of metabolism in cancer growth and therapy.

September 1, 2022

Ludwig San Diego postdoctoral researcher Beata Mierzwa has co-created a new cell biology video game, named Microscopya, to encourage girls to pursue careers in science and technology-related fields.


August 25, 2022
TBR NewsMedia

This second installment of a two-part series featuring the reminiscences of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory alumni includes Ludwig Princeton’s Eileen White, who recalls her time there as a postdoctoral fellow in Bruce Stillman’s laboratory.

August 10, 2022
The ASCO Post

Ludwig Cancer Research recently announced the appointment of Pat Morin as deputy scientific director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

June 20, 2022
Oncology Times

In an interview with Oncology Times, Ludwig Princeton Director Joshua Rabinowitz discussed the findings of a study he published in the journal Med showing that a ketogenic diet with chemotherapy tripled survival time compared with chemotherapy alone in mouse models of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma.

June 16, 2022
New Jersey Business Magazine

Ludwig Princeton Associate Director Eileen White has been selected as a team leader for a $25 million Cancer Grand Challenges award to tackle cachexia, a debilitating wasting condition associated with advanced cancers that worsens patient prognosis and quality of life.

June 4, 2022

Researchers co-led by Ludwig Johns Hopkins scientists, their colleagues at Johns Hopkins University and Ludwig alumni at WEHI, in Melbourne, Australia reported at the 2022 ASCO Annual Meeting that circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) — genetic material shed from tumors into the bloodstream — can identify stage II colon cancer patients who can most benefit from chemotherapy following surgery and spare other patients the need for this form of treatment.

May 26, 2022
Nature Asia

Ludwig Harvard’s Kai Wucherpfennig published a study in Nature reporting the design and preclinical evaluation in mice and primates of a new type of cancer vaccine that could be of nearly universal utility to cancer patients.

May 5, 2022

In this radio interview, Alexandra Richard of CQFD speaks with Lana Kandalaft (in French) about clinical trials at Ludwig Lausanne evaluating individualized dendritic cell vaccines for the treatment of lung, pancreatic and, soon, ovarian cancers.

April 10, 2022
USA Today*

This article covers the story and promising findings of an ongoing clinical trial led by Ludwig Stanford’s Michelle Monje and Crystal Mackall of a novel immunotherapy for universally lethal H3K27M-mutated diffuse midline gliomas.

March 20, 2022
Johns Hopkins Magazine – Spring 2022

This profile of Bert Vogelstein and Ken Kinzler, co-directors of Ludwig Johns Hopkins, tells the story of their long partnership and outsize contributions to cancer genomics and its application to cutting edge diagnostics and therapies.

March 1, 2022
Krebsforschung Schweiz

In this brief interview (in French), Ludwig Lausanne’s Johanna Joyce discusses her research on glioblastoma, her laboratory’s current focus in that area and what most motivates her in her work.

February 28, 2022
Heidi News*

This article, which is in French, reports on cancer vaccine trials underway involving Ludwig Lausanne researchers Lana Kandalaft, Michal Bassani-Sternberg and Alexandre Harari.

February 15, 2022
Daily Guardian

This study, led by Ludwig Princeton Branch Director Joshua Rabinowitz, shows that a ketogenic diet synergizes with chemotherapy to triple survival time compared to chemotherapy alone in rigorous mouse models of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC).

January 24, 2022

A team of researchers led by Ludwig Stanford’s Michelle Monje discovered that the brain fog associated with long-COVID shares many features with cancer therapy-related cognitive impairment (CRCI).

January 22, 2022
Thanh Nien

In this interview, which is in Vietnamese, Ludwig Scientific Director Chi Van Dang discusses his family, what drew him to medicine and cancer research and the state of cancer care in the U.S. and Vietnam. Dang also shares his current efforts and plans to support biomedical research and medical training in Vietnam.

January 18, 2022

Cancer Research UK, Vaccitech and Ludwig Cancer Research announced the first patient dosed in the MAGE trial, which is testing a novel immunotherapeutic, VTP-600, in patients with the most common type of lung cancer. The trial follows promising preclinical research in mouse models by Benoit Van den Eynde’s group at Ludwig Oxford.

December 25, 2021
Tap into Princeton

Ludwig Princeton’s Yibin Kang has discovered a new compound that disables a protein, metadherin, that plays a role in many major cancers. The compound is currently in preclinical development for evaluation in human trials.

December 14, 2021
News 12 The Bronx

In this video interview, Ludwig Princeton’s Yibin Kang discusses his research on the MTDH gene, its central role in cancer metastasis and how he and his colleagues are targeting the gene.

September 16, 2021
Fierce Biotech

A study led by Ludwig Harvard’s Stephen Elledge employed CRISPR to probe the effects of mutations to thousands of genes in cancer. The study, published in Sciencediscovered in mouse models that mutations to more than 100 tumor suppressor genes prevent the immune system from detecting and destroying cancer cells.

September 16, 2021

A study led by Ludwig MIT’s Tyler Jacks, published in Cell, showed that vaccinating against a subset of cancer antigens generated by random mutations, or neoantigens, can boost the killing of cancer cells by reawakening dormant T cells that target those neoantigens in mice bearing lung tumors.

September 3, 2021

Ludwig Oxford’s Benoit Van den Eynde and Carol Leung, in collaboration with the labs of Oxford’s Adrian Hill and Irina Redchenko, led a study published in the Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer on a new therapeutic cancer vaccine regimen. The regimen, which includes the vector used in the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and is equipped with two cancer antigens discovered and developed by Ludwig researchers, drives the infiltration of cancer-killing T cells into tumors.

Additional coverage: The Times* | Daily Mail | Daily Express 

August 6, 2021
La Repubblica

Italian newspaper La Repubblica interviewed Ludwig Lausanne’s George Coukos about breast cancer and Lausanne’s new cellular therapy trial.

July 16, 2021
Science Times

Ludwig MIT’s Sangeeta Bhatia led a study, published in Nature Materials, which assesses a multimodal nanosensor that noninvasively reveals the presence of cancer-associated proteins through a urine test and pinpoints tumors’ locations via PET imaging.

July 5, 2021
Oncology Times

Ludwig Lausanne’s Douglas Hanahan spoke with Oncology Times about his recently published research in Cancer DiscoveryThe study identified a previously unrecognized mechanism by which cancer cells of a relatively benign subtype of pancreatic tumors methodically revert to a progenitor state of cellular development to spawn highly aggressive tumors. These tumors are capable of metastasis to the liver and lymph nodes.

May 17, 2021
Dallas Innovates

Ludwig San Diego’s Beata Mierzwa was honored as a female STEM leader by Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN Initiative, which opened in Dallas, Texas in May 2021.

April 29, 2021
TIME magazine

Ludwig Scientific Director Chi Van Dang and co-authors note in this essay that the Cancer Moonshot program, launched under the leadership of then Vice President Biden, has made significant progress, though major challenges remain.

April 22, 2021

During Week 1 AACR Annual Meeting 2021, Ludwig Princeton’s Josh Rabinowitz spoke about his ongoing studies on whether ketogenic diets can slow tumor growth.

April 16, 2021
*The Cancer Letter

The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research established a branch at Princeton University that will be wholly dedicated to the study of cancer metabolism and the translation of its findings into new paradigms for cancer prevention and treatment.

April 16, 2021
New Jersey Business Magazine

Ludwig Cancer Research announced on its 50th anniversary the launch of the newest branch based at Princeton University which will be wholly dedicated to the study of cancer metabolism and the translation of its findings into new paradigms for cancer prevention and treatment.

April 13, 2021

Ludwig Cancer Research announces the launch of its newest Branch, based at Princeton University and wholly dedicated to the basic and translational study of cancer metabolism.

April 8, 2021
Endpoint News

In this interview with Endpoint News, Ludwig MIT’s Sangeeta Bhatia speaks about gender inequality in the biotechnology industry.

March 8, 2021
Cancer Cell

To commemorate International Women’s Day, Ludwig scientist Johanna Joyce spoke about the healthy “microenvironments,” with supportive mentors and successful female professors, that she encountered in her journey through academia.

February 14, 2021
The Guardian

Linda Bauld, who chairs a session at the upcoming Cancer Prevention – Physical Activity conference convened by Ludwig Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK, spoke on the importance of exercise as a cancer prevention tool.

February 2, 2021
Le Temps

Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos discusses the Branch’s work, the impact the pandemic has had on research and the hope he has for the effectiveness of second generation TIL therapies. This article is in French.

February 2, 2021

Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos spoke with 24Heures about the Branch’s program to develop cutting edge immunotherapies, their potential impact and the Branch’s future research projects.This article is in French.

January 20, 2021
Cancer Discovery

Many scientific leaders and advocates anticipate cancer-related issues will be given high priority in the new Biden Administration. Ludwig Institute Scientific Director Chi Van Dang and others comment on what to expect and what ought to be prioritized in a “Cancer Moonshot 2.0.”

December 24, 2020
Forbes - JV Chamary

Researchers led by Ludwig San Diego Member Don Cleveland and Peter Campbell of the Sanger Center explain how free-floating circular DNA fragments, which are almost exclusively found in cancer cells, drive gene amplification to generate drug resistance in cancer

November 28, 2020
The Boston Globe*

This profile focuses on the life and career of Angelika Amon, an inspired cell biologist and investigator at the Ludwig Center at MIT, who died October 29, 2020 from ovarian cancer at age 53.

November 27, 2020
The Science Breaker

Ludwig Lausanne’s Klara Soukup and Johanna Joyce discuss a study, published in Cell, in which they and their colleagues reported that gliomas have a very distinct immune landscape compared to brain metastases.

October 27, 2020

Exact Sciences Corp acquired Thrive Earlier Detection, established by Ludwig Johns Hopkins researchers and their colleagues to develop the CancerSEEK screening test, and Base Genomics, an epigenetics company launched by Ludwig Oxford’s Chunxiao Song working to set a new standard in DNA methylation analysis for diagnostics.

October 18, 2020
Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN)

In this C&EN feature, Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel discusses his research into extrachromosomal DNA (ecDNA) and its role in cancer.

October 5, 2020

Ludwig Lausanne’s Ping-Chih Ho and team report in Nature Immunology mechanisms by which the tumor’s harsh internal environment sabotages T lymphocytes, leading cellular agents of the anticancer immune response.

September 10, 2020

In this Nature paper, a Ludwig San Diego team led by Karen Oegema, Arshad Desai and Franz Meitinger details the molecular mechanisms underlying the potential vulnerability of certain cancers to a specific inhibitor of an enzyme, PLK4, that is required for centrosome formation. Their findings show (and explain why) high levels of a second enzyme (TRIM37), which is amplified in breast cancer and neuroblastoma, render cancer cells vulnerable to a PLK4 inhibitor developed by their team and other Ludwig researchers.

September 10, 2020
Times of San Diego

Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (ATRT)—rare, fast-growing brain tumors that mostly strike children three years and younger—are linked to inactivation of a gene called SMARCB1. In a study published in Genes & Development, scientists led by Ludwig San Diego’s Frank Furnari describe how SMARCB1 loss disrupts neural development and promotes tumor growth.

August 18, 2020

In a Nature Genetics study, Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel and colleagues report that the multiplication of cancer genes located on DNA that is not associated with chromosomes drives poor patient outcomes across many cancer types. They found that ecDNA is a common feature of human cancer, occurring at minimum in 14% of human tumors, with far higher frequencies in the most malignant forms of cancer.


July 30, 2020
Ark Invest

Ludwig Johns Hopkins’ Bert Vogelstein was a guest on the FYI Podcast, where he discussed the importance of primary and secondary cancer prevention techniques, the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches to cancer treatment and the process of developing the CancerSEEK test, a tool for early cancer detection.

July 28, 2020

A Ludwig Cancer Research study has identified a new instance in which the simultaneous mutation of two nonessential genes—neither of which is on its own vital to cell survival—can cause cancer cell death. Led by Ludwig San Diego Member Richard Kolodner and published in the current Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study also demonstrates that this deadly synergy, or “synthetic lethality,” can be replicated in mice by a drug-like molecule and could be exploited for cancer therapy.

July 24, 2020

Oncology biotech iTeos Therapeutics announced its initial public offering (IPO), which is expected to raise $201 million. iTeos is a Ludwig Cancer Research spin out and the company’s lead candidate is being studied in a Phase 1/2 trial as a monotherapy for advanced solid tumors.

June 24, 2020

This article summarizes three promising COVID-19 treatments in development, including a clinical trial led by Ludwig Johns Hopkins’ Max Konig and Bert Vogelstein to see if alpha blockers, which are widely used to treat enlarged prostates, can also help COVID-19 patients.

June 17, 2020

Ludwig Harvard researcher Anthony Letai and team report in Science Signaling a technology for screening thousands of drugs in freshly isolated human cancer cells to help identify which are most likely to be effective. They hope the technique, called high-throughput dynamic BH3 profiling, will prove more accurate than traditional drug-screening approaches and help doctors personalize treatments and uncover vulnerabilities in cancer cells.

June 5, 2020
World Economic Forum

Some COVID-19 patients have ‘silent hypoxia’—low oxygen levels without being aware of it—which continues to puzzle doctors and contributes to COVID-19 mortality. Ludwig Oxford’s Peter Ratcliffe spoke with the World Economic Forum about hypoxia and what can be done about it, the coronavirus crisis, his advice to young researchers and the importance of curiosity-driven research.

June 3, 2020

Technology developed in the lab of Ludwig Oxford’s Chunxiao Song that greatly improves the sensitivity, efficiency and ease of sequencing DNA methylation is the basis for the launch of Base Genomics, a new biotechnology company.

May 8, 2020
Epigenetics Podcast

In this episode, Ludwig San Diego’s Bing Ren discusses his work on identifying functional elements in the genome and higher order genome structure, the path he took in his scientific career, his role in the ENCODE Project and Roadmap Epigenome Consortium, and the discovery of topologically associating domains (TADs).

April 28, 2020
Associated Press

Clinical study data showed that DETECT-A, Thrive Earlier Detection’s blood test for multiple cancers developed by Ludwig Johns Hopkins researchers, detected ten different cancer types and more than doubled the number of cases detected when combined with traditional screening methods. It also detected several cancers for which there are no standard screening methods.

April 27, 2020
The Cancer Researcher

Ludwig Lausanne’s Klara Soukup suggests that cancer researchers explore new research topics and problems, learn new skills, and reconnect with people and activities they enjoyed in the past while their research is on hold due to the pandemic.

April 21, 2020
Scientific American

This article, which covers work done in the laboratory of Ludwig Harvard investigator Brad Bernstein, discusses scientists’ growing recognition of the high complexity of many types of tumors.

April 16, 2020
Drug Target Review

n a Nature study, a team led by Ludwig MSK Director Alexander Rudensky discovered a novel means by which bacterial colonies in the small intestine support the generation of regulatory T cells—immune cells that suppress autoimmune reactions and inflammation. These “peripheral” regulatory T cells (Tregs) help dampen chronic intestinal inflammation, a major driver of colorectal cancers.

April 8, 2020

A multidisciplinary team at the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins aims to prevent complications of COVID-19 using a widely available and inexpensive class of drugs called ⍺-1 adrenergic receptor antagonists (alpha blockers). Building on insights in preventing other cytokine storm syndromes in mice, the team is developing clinical for patients with COVID-19.

April 6, 2020
The Guardian

A team led by Sanjiv “Sam” Gambhir, the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Research at Stanford University School of Medicine, has developed a smart toilet that is fitted with technology that can detect a range of disease markers in stool and urine, including those of some cancers, such as colorectal or urologic cancers.

April 2, 2020

A team led by Ludwig MIT researcher Sangeeta Bhatia has devised a new approach for the early diagnosis of lung cancer: a noninvasive, nanotechnology-based urine test that can detect the presence of proteins linked to the disease.

April 1, 2020

Ludwig spinoff iTeos Therapeutics SA, a biotechnology company developing novel cancer immunotherapies, announced the closing of an oversubscribed Series B2 financing that raised a total of $125 million. The financing will support the clinical development of its two lead product candidates, EOS-850, a best-in-class adenosine A2A receptor antagonist and EOS-448, an ADCC-enabled anti-TIGIT antibody.

March 20, 2020
Medical News Today

Ludwig Chicago’s Ralph Weichselbaum and University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Yan-Xin Fu discovered that Bifidobacteria, a bacterium that usually lives in the gut, can accumulate in tumors and improve patient response to CD47 immunotherapy, a potentially wide-ranging anti-cancer treatment.

March 2, 2020

Gilead announced that it has struck a deal to buy Forty Seven for $4.9 billion. Forty Seven, a biotechnology company, was created in 2015 to build on evidence of the role of CD47 in immune evasion that Ludwig Stanford’s Irv Weissman and his colleagues generated.

February 21, 2020
7th Space

To design more broadly effective immunotherapies, researchers have been looking for additional immune cell types beyond T cells to mobilize against cancer. In a new Nature study, Ludwig MSK’s Taha Merghoub and his MSK colleague Vinod Balachandran report the discovery of just such a candidate: Group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s).

February 19, 2020
Drug Target Review

Ludwig Lausanne’s Ping-Chih Ho and colleagues have identified a mechanism by which regulatory T cells adapt their metabolism to thrive in the harsh microenvironment of the tumor. They report in Nature Immunology that the mechanism is exclusively engaged by regulatory T cells (Tregs) that reside in tumors and that its disruption boosts the effects of cancer immunotherapy in a mouse model of melanoma.

February 17, 2020

Michel Detheux co-founded iTeos Therapeutics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company focused on developing cancer immunotherapy treatments, in 2012 with Ludwig’s Benoit Van den Eynde. During this interview, Detheux discusses, among other things, iTeos’ partnership with Ludwig and how the research Ludwig funded became the foundation of iTeos.

February 4, 2020
New Atlas

A Ludwig Cancer Research study has devised a new type of chimeric antigen-receptor (CAR) T cell that can be switched on and off on demand. The study, led by Melita Irving of the Lausanne Branch of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, George Coukos, director of the Branch, and their colleague Bruno Correia of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), addresses a central conundrum of CAR-T therapies: their tendency to provoke potentially deadly runaway immune responses against healthy tissues in patients.


January 2, 2020
Pharma Times

Vaccitech Oncology Limited (VOLT), a strategic collaboration of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the biotech Vaccitech, has entered into a clinical partnership with Cancer Research UK to develop VOLT’s VTP-600 immunotherapy as a treatment option for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

December 7, 2019
The Nobel Prize

Ludwig Oxford’s Peter Ratcliffe gave his Nobel lecture titled “Elucidation of Oxygen Sensing Systems in Human and Animal Cells” on December 7 and participated in the Nobel Prize award ceremony on December 10 in Stockholm. Watch both videos here.

November 20, 2019
New York Times*

A Nature study led by Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel and Bing Ren together with Ludwig Stanford’s Howard Chang suggests extrachromosomal DNA (ecDNA) may give cancer cells their malignant qualities.

November 20, 2019
Oncology Times

In this Oncology Times interview, Ludwig Oxford’s Peter Ratcliffe spoke about his love of the scientific life, the complexity of cancer, the sequence of discoveries that led to his Nobel Prize and the impact his and his co-winners’ work has had on medicine.

November 7, 2019

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is partnering with Enterome, a French biopharmaceutical company, to evaluate the potential of gut microbiome-derived antigens for development as cancer immunotherapies. Ludwig MSK researchers will be involved in the research, which will use the concept of molecular mimicry as a means of treating tumors.


October 17, 2019
Neurology Today

A recent Nature study led by Ludwig Stanford’s Michelle Monje suggests that gliomas communicate with local neurons by creating synapses that accelerate tumor growth. These findings could allow scientists to slow tumor growth by targeting these synapses or their signaling.

October 9, 2019

Ludwig Oxford’s Peter Ratcliffe won the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, in recognition of his landmark discoveries on the mechanisms by which cells sense and respond to the availability of oxygen. He shares the prize with U.S. researchers William Kaelin of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Gregg Semenza of Johns Hopkins University.

October 3, 2019

Ludwig John Hopkins Co-director Bert Vogelstein sees a future in which everyone has access to an early cancer diagnosis. In this article, he discusses how the company he co-founded, Thrive Earlier Detection, might help achieve that goal.

September 24, 2019

A team led by Ludwig Johns Hopkins’ Bert Vogelstein found that young adults had a higher portion of dividing cells in the epithelia of tissues in the colon, duodenum, esophagus and sinuses compared to older adults. These findings could help explain why the incidence of cancer declines in very elderly humans.

September 19, 2019
Endpoints News

Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel and his team unraveled how ecDNA drives the evolution and heterogeneity of tumors and contributes to their drug resistance. Using Mischel’s research as a background, Boundless Bio, a biotech startup, aims to kill drug-resistant tumors by finding ways to attack ecDNA in specific cancers.

September 18, 2019

A team led by Michelle Monje of the Ludwig Center at Stanford has discovered that high-grade gliomas form synapses and tap electrical signals from healthy nerve cells to drive their own growth. Interrupting these signals with an existing anti-epilepsy drug greatly reduced the cancers’ growth in human tumors implanted in mice.

September 4, 2019

Teams led by Ludwig MIT’s Sangeeta Bhatia and Imperial College London’s Molly Stevens have developed a tool that detects colon cancer through a color change in urine. This early stage technology involves injecting nanosensors into mice. These protein sensors are cut up by enzymes in tumors known as proteases and released in urine, where their presence is detected by color change.

August 20, 2019
San Francisco Chronicle

Ludwig Johns Hopkins Co-director Bert Vogelstein and Ludwig Stanford Director Irv Weissman have won the 2019 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. Weissman is renowned for being the first to isolate and characterize a human tissue stem cell—the hematopoeitic stem cell. Vogelstein is known for modeling the progressive mutational events underlying colorectal cancer and for being part of the team that first sequenced a cancer exome.

August 1, 2019
Medical News Today

In an open access BMC Medicine article co-authored by Ludwig’s Deputy Scientific Director Bob Strausberg, an international collaborative led by Ludwig Cancer Research and Cancer Research UK has identified key areas that are central to uncovering the complex relationship between nutrition and cancer. Advancing research on these core areas using a holistic, cross-disciplinary approach could catalyze progress urgently needed to prevent cancer and improve public health globally.

August 1, 2019
New Atlas

Researchers led by Ludwig Stanford Director Irv Weissman have discovered a new signal, transmitted by a protein known as CD24, that cancer uses to evade destruction by the immune system. Blocking this signal in mice implanted with human cancers allows immune cells to attack the cancers.

July 20, 2019
Oncology Times

In this interview, Ludwig San Diego’s Frank Furnari discusses a recent Cancer Cell paper, in which he defined a targetable mechanism that increased the sensitivity of glioblastoma (GBM) to radiotherapy.

July 18, 2019
Knowable Magazine

Ludwig Harvard investigator Rakesh Jain is one of several scientists exploring how the tumor microenvironment can help shield cancer cells from chemotherapy. His lab has shown that fibroblasts in the tumor microenvironment impair the delivery of chemotherapies, while Ludwig Lausanne’s Johanna Joyce has investigated how chemotherapy can transform macrophages into allies of the tumor.

July 17, 2019

In a Science Translational Medicine study, researchers led in part by Ludwig Johns Hopkins Co-director Bert Vogelstein describe how a laboratory test using artificial intelligence tools has the potential to more accurately sort out which people with pancreatic cysts will go on to develop pancreatic cancers.

July 17, 2019
Nzz am Sonntag*

In this interview, Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos discusses the potential of immunotherapies like checkpoint inhibitors and T-cell therapy to expand treatment options for cancer patients. This article is in German.

July 12, 2019

A Cell Metabolism study led by Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel has identified an enzyme involved in remodeling the cell membrane of cancer cells that is critical to both the survival and uncontrolled growth of multiple types of tumors. The study suggests a potential target for new cancer therapies. 


July 6, 2019
24 Heures*

In this interview, Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos explores the potential that immunotherapies have to transform cancer management, the costs associated with further research and the implications for patients.

June 28, 2019
Precision Oncology News

Precision oncology has moved from a niche focus area to expand across the practice of oncology. In this interview, Ludwig Scientific Director Chi Van Dang reflects on his experiences with precision oncology in clinical practice and promising scientific research. (Subscription required)

June 18, 2019
Baltimore Business Journal

Ludwig Johns Hopkins’ Bert Vogelstein and his colleagues have developed several technologies in the past few years that have become the foundations for well-funded spinoff cancer diagnostics companies. For example, CancerSEEK—liquid biopsy tech designed to screen for and detect at least eight different types of cancer at earlier stages—was recently spun out into a startup called Thrive Earlier Detection Corp. (Subscription required)

June 11, 2019

Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos and his team have deciphered a complex molecular conversation between cancer and immune cells that is key to orchestrating the successful invasion of tumors by T cells that kill cancer cells. The Cancer Cell study identifies biomarkers of great relevance to cancer immunotherapy and could enable a more precise clinical classification of tumors.

June 5, 2019
BioPharma Dive

In this interview, Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, highlights GBM AGILE, a study run by nonprofit brain cancer groups that aims to test various glioblastoma treatments. GBM AGILE was initially conceived in 2015 by over 130 global collaborators, including Web Cavenee, Director of Strategic Alliances in Central Nervous System Cancers, Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

April 29, 2019

When at Memorial Sloan Kettering, immunotherapy pioneer Nils Lonberg exchanged ideas with Dr. Lloyd Old, former Ludwig Institute Scientific Director and CEO, who believed the immune system could be harnessed against cancer.

April 26, 2019

In this interview, Ludwig Harvard researcher Arlene Sharpe discusses her career, scientific discoveries and research on the PD-1 pathway, which has led to immunotherapy drugs now being used against more than a dozen types of cancer.

April 17, 2019

In a new eLife study, a team led by Matthew Vander Heiden of Ludwig MIT analyzed the composition of the interstitial fluid that normally surrounds pancreatic tumors and found that its nutrient composition is different from that of the culture medium normally used to grow cancer cells. Growing cancer cells in a culture medium more similar to this interstitial fluid could help researchers better predict how experimental drugs will affect cancer cells.

April 16, 2019
HemOnc Today

In this interview, Ludwig Stanford investigator Maximilian Diehn discusses the new urine test method he and his team developed to detect bladder cancer, the benefit of urine-based tests compared with other bladder cancer detection methods, and the likelihood that this approach could become widely adopted.

April 3, 2019

In a panel at the AACR Annual Meeting, Ludwig Johns Hopkins’ Nickolas Papadopoulos discussed the potential for liquid biopsies to help detect cancer earlier, but noted that much more research is needed. He also said that with detection, “it’s a difference of thinking proactively rather than reactively” in our response to cancer.

April 1, 2019
The Scientist

Heterogeneity in human tumors is key to cancers’ ability to develop immunotherapy resistance. So rather than using mouse models, Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos has obtained surgically resected human tumors for testing new immunotherapy drugs.

March 6, 2019
The ASCO Post

In this video interview from the 2019 ASCO-SITC Clinical Immuno-Oncology Symposium, Ludwig MSK’s Jedd Wolchok discusses the data to date on checkpoint blockades and the rationale for combination therapies and novel agents.

March 4, 2019

In this opinion piece, Ludwig Stanford’s Sam Gambhir argues that we should more aggressively pursue “precision health,” which he defined as ways to prevent disease and, when that isn’t possible, intercept and treat it earlier.

March 3, 2019
Global Geneva

The AGORA building—which will eventually house around 300 scientists from three Lausanne institutions (CHUV, EPFL, UNIL), two Geneva institutions (UNIGE and HUG) and from the Ludwig Institute—will facilitate collaboration and act as a melting pot for scientific ideas.

February 28, 2019
Genome Web

Researchers at the Ludwig Center at Harvard have used single-cell technologies and machine learning to create a detailed “atlas of cell states” for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) that could help improve treatment of the aggressive cancer. (Subscription required)

February 26, 2019
Genome Web

Bisulfite sequencing has long been the gold standard for analyzing methylation, despite its shortcomings. Now, Ludwig Oxford scientists have developed a new and improved method, called TET-assisted pyridine borane sequencing, or TAPS, to detect chemical modifications to DNA. (Subscription required)

February 24, 2019
The Guardian

CancerSEEK, a blood test devised by researchers at the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins, is one of several methods in development to detect circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), which may indicate cancer.

January 15, 2019
The Wall Street Journal

The health-care industry is preparing for a new law, going in effect in 2020, that researchers say will mean more treatments for pediatric cancers. Ludwig Stanford’s Crystal Mackall says “It is an incredibly exciting time …We have lots of drug companies who want to speak with us suddenly. Before, we went hat in hand, cajoling.” (Subscription required.)

December 6, 2018
Finanz and Wirtschaft

Ludwig Lausanne’s George Coukos was named the Personality in Science by Finanz und Wirtschaft, a leading Swiss business paper that selects four people each year as the “Personalities of the Year.” This article is in German (PDF).

December 6, 2018

A Cell study led by Ludwig Stanford’s Michelle Monje examines the cellular mechanisms behind “chemo brain,” the cognitive impairment from chemotherapy that lingers after the cancer is gone, and identifies a potential remedy.

November 26, 2018
Cancer Network

Ludwig Lausanne’s Lana Kandalaft discusses emerging dendritic cell targets, treatment cost and the future of cancer immunotherapy.

November 7, 2018
Fred Hutch

Phil Greenberg, a Ludwig SAC member and recipient of the 2018 Richard V. Smalley, M.D., Memorial Award and Lecture, answers five questions about the present and future of cancer immunotherapy.

October 31, 2018
Drug Target Review

Researchers led by Ludwig Stanford’s Howard Chang and Stanford geneticist William Greenleaf mapped DNA sequences that regulate the expression of specific genes in malignancies.

October 18, 2018
Boston Globe

Ludwig MIT’s Angelika Amon is one of five scientists to receive a 2019 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences, given for transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life. Amon was honored for her work on determining the consequences of aneuploidy, an abnormal chromosome number that results from mis-segregation of chromosomes during cell division.

October 18, 2018
The New York Times

Ludwig Stanford’s Sam Gambhir leads a large study to better understand the transition from normal health to disease as part of Project Baseline, a joint effort between Stanford, Duke and Verily, that could result in the identification of new markers in the blood, stool or urine that help predict cancer and other diseases.

October 4, 2018
24 heures

Home to the new translational research center on cancer, the Agora building in Lausanne will bring together nearly 300 researchers and clinicians to create new therapies for patients. Initiated in 2013 by the ISREC Foundation, this project stems from a partnership between the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, the CHUV, the HUG, the University of Lausanne, the University of Geneva and EPFL. This article is in French.

September 20, 2018

Ludwig Johns Hopkins Co-director Bert Vogelstein shares a video analysis of the results, published in Science, of a study on whether mutations that drive malignant growth are the same or vary between primary tumors and their metastases.

September 19, 2018
Boston Herald

Two new pancreatic cancer research laboratories opening at MIT and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute are giving researchers and patients renewed hope in fighting a disease that claims thousands of lives each year. The lab led by Ludwig MIT’s Tyler Jacks will focus on how doctors can use the immune system to control pancreatic cancer.

September 17, 2018
Science Trends

In this contributed piece, Ludwig MSK’s Jedd Wolchok, Roberta Zappasodi and Taha Merghoub describe their recent Cancer Cell study, in which they identified a new subset of immunosuppressive T cells.

August 1, 2018
The Scientist

Ludwig MSK’s Luis Felipe Campesato argues in this essay that though recent breakthroughs have made immunotherapy one of the pillars of cancer care, much progress is needed to expand its use across patients and cancer types.

July 29, 2018
The Washington Post

This article features Chi Van Dang, scientific director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, who is an advocate for chronotherapy. This approach involves timing the delivery of drugs with the body’s circadian clock, striking either when cancer cells are most vulnerable to assault and/or when healthy cells are least sensitive to toxicity.

July 20, 2018
Cancer Cell

“The Microenvironmental Landscape of Brain Tumors,” a review written by Ludwig Lausanne’s Johanna Joyce and her colleague Daniela Quail, was selected to be part of Cancer Cell’s ‘Best of 2017’ issue.

July 16, 2018
The Daily Mail

A magnetic wire used to snag scarce and hard-to-capture tumor cells could prove to be a swift and effective tactic for early cancer detection, according to a Nature Biomedical Engineering study led by Ludwig Stanford’s Sam Gambhir. In pigs, the technique attracts 10-80 times more tumor cells than current blood-based cancer-detection methods.

June 21, 2018

General physicians and many oncologists think of metastatic cancer as being “widely disseminated and incurable” in most cases involving solid tumors in adults, said Ludwig Chicago Co-director Ralph Weichselbaum in a lecture he gave as the ASCO 2018 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award winner. But he notes that dissemination is limited for some metastatic cancers, and such cancers may be curable with local therapy.

June 20, 2018

Doctors have hypothesized that pancreatic tumors release a chemical signal or factor that travels throughout the body promoting the breakdown of muscle and fat. However, a new Nature study led by Matthew Vander Heiden of Ludwig MIT suggests otherwise.

June 5, 2018
The New York Times

When patients with adult T-cell leukemia-lymphoma were treated with nivolumab (Opdivo), a checkpoint inhibitor, their disease quickly became much worse, doctors reported in a letter to The New England Journal of Medicine. “This is a time of very rapid learning,” said Ludwig MSK’s Jedd Wolchok, who was not involved in the study. He believes that patients with any type of T-cell lymphoma should be carefully monitored if given a checkpoint inhibitor.

June 4, 2018
Los Angeles Times

Scientists have reported a new approach that eliminated all evidence of advanced-stage breast cancer after a single infusion of the patient’s own immune cells. Ludwig Stanford’s Crystal Mackall, who was not involved in the study, called it “elegant in its simplicity” but noted that the approach will only be a viable option if scientists can uncover faster, simpler and cheaper ways to find, isolate and multiply the tiny subset of immune cells that are still in the fight.

May 31, 2018
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

A Ludwig Cancer Research study, published in the journal Cell, has uncovered an entirely novel mechanism by which cells enter a state of dormancy as tissues starved of oxygen become increasingly acidic. The study, led by Chi Van Dang, scientific director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, has potentially significant implications for cancer therapy

May 31, 2018
Financial Times

Genetic research advances are beginning to make personalized treatments a reality. Ludwig Lausanne’s George Coukos comments that this is “an extraordinary moment in human history” when the word “cure” can be seriously used in relation to cancer, our most feared global killer. However, uncertainties and frustrations must be overcome if the vision of defeating cancer is to become a reality for all.

May 14, 2018

According to the Wikimedia Foundation, the most-referenced paper across English Wikipedia is a 2002 collection of more than 15,000 sequences of human and mouse genes by Robert Strausberg, now deputy scientific director at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

May 4, 2018

Ralph Weichselbaum, who is today director of the Ludwig Center at Chicago, and Ludwig Board member Samuel Hellman suggested somewhat controversially in 1995 that metastatic cancer could occupy an intermediate state between curable, localized tumors and lethal, systemic disease. Twenty-three years later, Weichselbaum, Hellman and colleagues have confirmed their “oligometastasis” hypothesis with a molecular analysis of tumors from patients treated for colorectal cancer.

May 1, 2018

During the society’s annual meeting scheduled for June 1-5 in Chicago, ASCO will present awards to several leaders of cancer care including Ludwig Chicago’s Ralph R. Weichselbaum, who received the David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award and Lecture, which recognizes an oncologist who has made outstanding contribution to cancer research, diagnosis, or treatment.

April 27, 2018
Investigating Breast Cancer podcast

Immunotherapy remains one of the biggest hopes for finding a breast cancer cure. Among other topics, Ludwig MSK’s Jedd Wolchok discusses lessons researchers can take from successful cases—melanoma, lung or other cancers—that can be applied to breast cancer on Investigating Breast Cancer, the official podcast of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

April 22, 2018
The Guardian

As Ludwig MIT’s director Bob Weinberg once said: “If you live long enough, you will get cancer.” But why is cancer the beast that stalks us all? What is it about this disease that makes it inevitable? And why is it the price we must pay for many incredible evolutionary advances? To understand this issue, we need to go way back in our evolutionary history.

April 17, 2018
The Medicine Maker

The Medicine Maker Power List recognizes the top 100 inspirational industry professionals in four categories: Masters of the Bench, Industry Influencers, Business Captains, and Champions of Change. Ludwig’s Scientific Director Chi Van Dang was included as #10 in the “Masters of the Bench” category for his contributions to the understanding of the Myc oncogene.

April 12, 2018
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Ludwig Lausanne’s Lana Kandalaft, George Coukos and Alexandre Harari study shows that an entirely new type of personalized cancer vaccine induces novel, potent and clinically effective immune responses in patients receiving a combination of standard therapies for recurrent, stage III and IV ovarian cancer.

April 11, 2018
USA Today

A study published in Science Translational Medicine led by Ludwig MIT’s Robert Weinberg found that surgery in breast cancer patients may trigger a systemic immunosuppressive response, allowing the outgrowth of dormant cancer cells at distant sites whose ability to generate tumors had previously been kept in check by the immune system.

March 21, 2018
MedPage Today

A Ludwig Johns Hopkins study published in Science Translational Medicine reports the analysis of an experimental, minimally invasive DNA test for the detection of ovarian and endometrial cancers, both of which are difficult to detect in their early stages, when they are most curable.

March 19, 2018
Medical News Today

In a study published in Science Translational Medicine, Ludwig Harvard investigator Rakesh Jain and his colleague Dai Fukumura at Massachusetts General Hospital found that obesity, known to reduce survival in several types of cancer, may also explain the ineffectiveness of angiogenesis inhibitors, which block the formation of blood vessels that feed tumors.

March 16, 2018

A Ludwig Cancer Research study, led by Ludwig Lausanne investigator Alexandre Harari and Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos, shows that ovarian cancer, which has proved resistant to currently available immunotherapies, could be susceptible to personalized immunotherapy.

January 19, 2018
Associated Press

In a Science study, Ludwig Johns Hopkins researchers show that their experimental liquid biopsy test found about 70 percent of eight common types of cancer in patients already known to have the disease.

January 1, 2018
Cancer Research

Ludwig’s Scientific Director Chi Van Dang, the new Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Research, discusses the evolution of cancer research, advances in areas like the tumor microenvironment, and challenges raised by the complexity of cancer.

December 10, 2017
Oncology Times

Ludwig’s Scientific Director Chi Van Dang expressed excitement about promising areas in the Lancet Oncology Commission report, which expands on recommendations of the Cancer Moonshot’s blue ribbon panel.

December 3, 2017
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Ludwig San Diego’s Don Cleveland was awarded the prestigious Breakthrough Prize in life sciences for his research on the genetics of inherited neurodegenerative disorders such as ALS and Huntington’s disease. A total of five $3 million awards were given in that field.

October 19, 2017
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

A team of scientists led by Ludwig Harvard’s Marcia Haigis may have hit upon a new therapeutic strategy against breast cancer with the finding that breast tumor cells recycle the ammonia that is generated as a byproduct of normal cell metabolism and use the toxic waste as a source of nitrogen to fuel their growth.

October 17, 2017
National Academy of Medicine

Richard Hynes of Ludwig MIT recently received the National Academy of Medicine’s David Rall Medal for his exceptional leadership as Chairman of the NAM/NAS Committee on Human Gene Editing. In this interview, he talks about his work and shares his perspective on how we can better engage with the public on important issues in science and medicine.

October 4, 2017
The Doctor

In this interview, Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos discusses why he chose to focus on tumor research and immunotherapy, how innovative technologies can lead to greater understanding of tumor development, novel therapeutic options for cancer and more.

September 29, 2017

Ludwig Johns Hopkins Co-director Bert Vogelstein’s latest research unearthed a possible new method for detecting pancreatic cancer earlier using a liquid biopsy. This op-ed in Bloomberg gives an overview of Vogelstein’s research and other recent advances in early detection and prevention of cancer.

September 1, 2017
The Scientist

Ludwig Oxford’s Skirmantas Kriaucionis writes about the ways DNA base modifications add to the toolkit of critical gene-regulatory mechanisms. He outlines how researchers are just starting to explore how newly recognized epigenetic changes function in the genome.

August 10, 2017

The Defeat GBM Research Collaborative, a project of the National Brain Tumor Society (NBTS), aims to overcome slow progress in the development of treatments for the brain cancer glioblastoma (GBM). Cure gives an update on the achievements of this collaborative, of which Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel is one of the leading researchers.

July 21, 2017
American Association for Cancer Research

“A key challenge in cancer immunotherapy is to understand why some patients respond to immunotherapy but many others do not,” says Ludwig Brussels Director Benoit Van den Eynde. In a new study, covered by AACR, Van den Eynde and colleagues provide a rationale for testing anti-PD1 immunotherapy in combination with COX-2 inhibitors in the clinic to improve responses.

July 15, 2017
Journal of Cell Science

Ludwig San Diego’s Kevin Corbett is featured as the latest “Cell scientist to watch.” In this interview, Corbett shares what inspired him to become a scientist, the big questions his lab is trying to answer, advice for scientists about to start their own labs and more.

June 15, 2017
Journal of Cell Science

Mads Gyrd-Hansen of Ludwig Oxford is a “cell scientist to watch” and Nordic cuisine aficionado. In this Journal of Cell Science feature, Gyrd-Hansen talks about his inspiration, what he’s working on now, the meaning of trust and more.

June 2, 2017

Companies like iTeos, founded by Ludwig Cancer Research, are testing IDO inhibitors to boost cancer immunotherapy. Founded by Ludwig with the de Duve Institute at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium, iTeos is led by a team experienced in tumor immunology, immunotherapy, drug discovery, business development and entrepreneurship.

May 23, 2017
The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research

Ludwig Johns Hopkins scientists were involved in the development of the first FDA-approved drug for cancer based on disease genetics rather than location. Now, some patients with advanced pancreatic cancer have another treatment option.

May 23, 2017
MedPage Today

If Ludwig MIT’s Bob Weinberg didn’t pursue science, he may have been a carpenter. Lucky for us, Weinberg has made landmark advances in cancer research and is a staunch advocate for basic science. Learn more about Weinberg’s fascinating life and career from MedPage Today.

April 3, 2017

Ludwig Johns Hopkins Co-director Bert Vogelstein illustrated the theme of the 2017 ACCR Annual Meeting—”Discover, Predict, Prevent, Treat”—at this year’s opening plenary. He explained that the development of new therapies goes hand in hand with the development of new prevention strategies. One key step is identifying the source of mutations for each type of cancer by improved molecular markers of disease using diagnostics such as liquid biopsies.

April 3, 2017
24 heures

The Lausanne University Hospital (Centre hospitalier universitaire vaudois, CHUV) is focused on the development of innovative cancer therapies. Under the guidance of Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos, the chosen path forward is immunotherapy. In this interview, Lana Kandalaft, Ludwig Lausanne scientist and head of The Center for Experimental Therapies (CTE), shares an update on how her team is working to bring research to the clinic. This article is in French.

April 1, 2017
The Scientist

Ludwig Oxford scientist Colin Goding’s recent Genes & Development study was selected as the Editor’s Choice in Cancer Biology for The Scientist’s April issue. As previously reported, the study identified an ancient, cellular starvation response, conserved through eons of evolution, that underlies the spread of the aggressive skin cancer melanoma.

March 25, 2017
Oncology Times

Ludwig Oxford scientist Colin Goding examines why cancer cells spread within the body and explains how understanding this process can help devise new treatment options.

March 23, 2017

A recent study led in part by Ludwig Johns Hopkins Co-director Bert Vogelstein argues that random “mistakes” dividing cells make when copying their DNA account for nearly two-thirds of the mutations that cause cancer. This article, which includes input from Vogelstein, explains the methodology of the study and the implications of its findings.

March 14, 2017
Targeted Oncology

Ludwig MSK’s Dmitriy Zamarin spoke with Targeted Oncology about ways to make immunotherapy more effective in gynecological cancers. Zamarin says success will require combination approaches, biomarker development and identifying subpopulations that are more likely to benefit from immunotherapy.

February 27, 2017
American Cancer Society

Ludwig Harvard Co-director Joan Brugge was recently awarded the American Cancer Society Medal of Honor. The full video of the ceremony is available here. Starting at 7:35, you can watch the ACS’ introduction of Brugge, a deeply moving video tribute to her life and research, and her acceptance speech. We are very proud to be a part of her powerful story, and congratulate her on this well-deserved honor!

February 10, 2017
The San Diego Union Tribune

The San Diego Union-Tribune covers Paul Mischel’s latest research in this article, which includes a video of Mischel’s lab. In the video, Mischel describes how his team recently found that oncogenes “jump off” chromosomes onto extrachromosomal circles of DNA, driving tumor evolution and drug resistance. If we better understood the mechanisms behind this activity, Mischel says, we might be able to develop more effective cancer treatments.

February 8, 2017
Nature Podcast

In this podcast, Paul Mischel fields questions about the recent study he led that upends old assumptions about cancer genes. Mischel’s findings will shift how cancer diversity and resistance are understood and studied.

February 8, 2017
The Scientist

A recent study led by Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel is likely to change the way tumor evolution is understood by scientists and could ultimately lead to new ways to prevent and treat many malignancies. The Scientist reports on the findings and includes perspectives from several scientists not involved in the study.

January 14, 2017

​Chi Van Dang will join Ludwig as Scientific Director on July 1, 2017. A hematological oncologist and renowned researcher, Dang joins Ludwig from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine’s Abramson Cancer Center, which he has directed since 2011.

January 10, 2017
National Brain Tumor Society

In its report on the big brain cancer research-related developments of 2016, the National Brain Tumor Society cites a Cancer Cell study led by Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel in partnership with a colleague at The Scripps Research Institute. That study demonstrated that GBM cells import vast amounts of cholesterol to survive and that the mechanisms they use to do so can be specifically and effectively undermined with drug-like molecules currently in clinical development.

January 6, 2017

As we step into 2017, a big question looming in the minds of all stakeholders in the cancer research arena is: What is the future of cancer research in the new administration?

December 27, 2016
Oncology Times

Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel spoke with Oncology Times about his recent Cancer Cell article, which identified a metabolic vulnerability in the brain cancer glioblastoma (GBM) that can be exploited by an experimental drug.

December 5, 2016
The New York Times

Roeland Nusse of Ludwig Stanford and Stephen Elledge of Ludwig Harvard on winning the Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences. Nusse was noted for his discovery of the first Wnt gene and elucidation of its role in embryonic development, stem cells and the genesis of tumors. Elledge was honored for his influential discoveries on how cells sense DNA damage and then engage their mechanisms of DNA repair—and how these processes relate to the development of cancer.

November 10, 2016
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Researchers led by Ludwig MSK’s Taha Merghoub reported how a targeted drug can reverse the effects of certain immune cells that suppress responses to cancer immunotherapy. ​”We can now potentially identify patients whose tumors possess immune suppressor cells and add a drug to their treatment regimen to specifically disarm them,” Merghoub tells GEN.

October 28, 2016
American Association for Cancer Research

​A study co-led by Ludwig San Diego’s Paul Mischel has been featured in AACR’s Research Watch. The study demonstrates that GBM cells import vast amounts of cholesterol to survive and that the mechanisms they use to do so can be specifically and effectively undermined with drug-like molecules currently in clinical development.

October 26, 2016
Stanford Medicine

Peter Kim of Ludwig Stanford has been tapped to lead the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub project. The goal of Biohub is to prevent, detect and treat infectious disease. Dr. Kim shares more in this interview.

October 20, 2016
Scientific American

A recent Science study co-led by Ludwig Stanford investigator Hiromitsu Nakauchi found that withholding an amino acid from diet depletes blood stem cells in nice. This article explains how the findings may make it possible to conduct bone marrow transplantations – and permit the treatment of some cancers – without chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

September 25, 2016
The Wall Street Journal

Ludwig MSK’s Jedd Wolchok is joining forces with scientists across disciplines to fight a common foe: pancreatic cancer. This “convergence” team includes physicists, computational biologists and physicians who will pool their skills and knowledge to test a new hypothesis—that treatment with synthetic vitamin D can make treatment-resistant pancreas tumors vulnerable to a patient’s immune system.

September 15, 2016

Derek Leske—an avid cyclist and immunologist at Ludwig Oxford—shares his career goals, inspirations and hobbies. Leske is co-first author of a recent study that examines the role a protein named SPATA2 plays in an elaborate system of protein tagging that regulates inflammatory signaling.

September 13, 2016
The New York Times

The New York Times writes about the six researchers who received the prestigious Lasker Awards this year. Among them is Sir Peter Ratcliffe of Ludwig Oxford, who was recognized for his role in elucidating the mechanisms and distinct signaling pathways by which cells gauge and respond to the availability of oxygen.

September 7, 2016
The Washington Post

A blue ribbon panel, co-chaired by Tyler Jacks of Ludwig MIT and including Ludwig scientists George Demetri and Levi Garraway, released a report for the Cancer Moonshot that describes a set of 10 recommendations for accelerating cancer research to achieve the ambitious goal of making a decade’s worth of progress in 5 years.

August 17, 2016

Ludwig MIT scientist Tyler Jacks discusses recent advancements, market potential and ethnical questions related to CRISPR, a revolutionary gene-editing technology that has changed the cancer research landscape. Jacks and his lab have pioneered the use of CRISPR to construct in vivo models of human cancers.

August 4, 2016
The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC

Ludwig MSK scientist Jedd Wolchok discusses innovative ways that doctors are using the immune system to treat cancer.

July 20, 2016
The Atlantic

A team co-led by Sangeeta Bhatia, researcher at Ludwig MIT, engineered strains of Salmonella bacteria to produce three types of cancer-killing drugs. The Atlantic reported on their findings, which show that, when used in combination with chemotherapy, the engineered bacteria can induce dramatic regressions of aggressive colon tumors.

July 20, 2016
Stanford Medicine's Scope

A new Nature study co-authored by Irv Weissman, director of Ludwig Stanford, found that the “don’t eat me” signal many tumor cells display on their surfaces to evade immune system attack – called CD47 – also appears to play a role in enabling atherosclerosis, the process underlying heart attacks and strokes. Stanford’s Scope blog explains the significance of these findings.

July 11, 2016
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

Ludwig scientists speak about a blood-based screening test they’re developing to measure the a patient’s risk of colon cancer recurrence after surgery and determine whether subsequent chemotherapy is advisable. “This study shows that when we find tumor DNA circulating in the blood of cancer patients, recurrence is very likely,” says Nickolas Papadopoulos of Ludwig Johns Hopkins.

July 11, 2016
Cancer Research UK

Ludwig scientists have shown that fragments of tumor DNA circulating in the blood can be used to better gauge the risk of colorectal cancer recurrence and the necessity of chemotherapy following surgery. Cancer Research UK reports that these findings could one day help doctors to better monitor and tailor treatments for their patients.

July 7, 2016

Ludwig Johns Hopkins scientist Luis Diaz spoke to Bloomberg about how a cancer patient’s response to immunotherapy is tied to the number of mutations in tumor cells.

June 17, 2016
Science Friday

Ludwig Stanford Director and stem cell research pioneer Irv Weissman discussed the history of using blood-forming stem cells to treat cancer and the “big leap” he is taking to move this field forward. Weissman and his colleagues have shown that such treatment could be effective for other diseases as well, including type one diabetes and lupus.

June 12, 2016
Stanford Medicine News Center

During his keynote speech at Stanford Medicine’s diploma ceremony, Ludwig Stanford scientist Peter Kim urged graduates to learn from failure and to remember that at its core, science is about “discovering the truth and following it wherever it leads.”

June 7, 2016

Ludwig Melbourne scientist Jeanne Tie spoke to GenomeWeb about data she recently presented at the ASCO Annual Meeting. Tie and her colleagues studied the efficacy of using ctDNA as a marker to identify colon cancer patients who are at high risk of recurrence following tumor removal.

June 1, 2016
Nature Jobs

Ludwig Johns Hopkins Co-Directors Bert Vogelstein and Ken Kinzler share how they foster a sense of community among their team members. Costumes encouraged!

May 18, 2016
Stanford Medicine's Scope

Ludwig Stanford scientist Crystal Mackall shares her research and weighs in on recent successes in the field, stating that immunotherapy is “the biggest thing to hit cancer in the last decade and likely will dominate the next.”

May 16, 2016

Ludwig Harvard Co-Director George Demetri offers his perspective on how the field of sarcoma research has offered a blueprint for that of other tumor types.

May 6, 2016
STAT's Signal

Ludwig MIT’s Tyler Jacks shares his expertise about cancer genome complexity in a podcast about cancer, “ninja of the disease world.”

May 2, 2016
Journal of Clinical Investigation

Ludwig Johns Hopkins Co-Directors Bert Vogelstein and Ken Kinzler sit down with JCI for their ‘Conversations with Giants in Medicine’ series to discuss their backgrounds, what inspired them to be cancer researchers and their goals as scientists.

April 22, 2016
MedPage Today

Ludwig MIT Director Bob Weinberg recently received the AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research. Weinberg spoke to MedPage Today about his acceptance speech, during which he spoke passionately about why basic cancer research must continue and why collaboration should happen organically.

April 20, 2016
The Washington Post

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden delivered an address at the AACR Annual Meeting, calling on researchers to accelerate progress against cancer by working more collaboratively and sharing data more freely. Ludwig Harvard director George Demetri was quoted in this article on the address, which also summarized key findings reported at the meeting.

April 18, 2016
American Association for Cancer Research

Ludwig MIT Director Bob Weinberg was honored for his seminal contributions to cancer research and cancer biology with the 13th annual American Association for Cancer Research Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research at the AACR Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

April 17, 2016
The Washington Post

Researchers led by Ludwig Harvard scientist Stephen Hodi reported at the AACR Annual Meeting that 34 percent of patients with advanced melanoma who were treated the immunotherapy nivolumab alone were still alive five years later.

April 17, 2016

Ludwig Harvard scientist Stephen Hodi discussed the results of the longest follow-up survival study conducted to date on patients with advanced melanoma who were treated with the PD-1 inhibitor nivolumab.

April 1, 2016
The Scientist

Ludwig scientists Bert Vogelstein and Maximilian Diehn are quoted in an article about the increasing commercial interest in developing liquid biopsies to screen for cancer.

February 24, 2016
MedCity News

Forty Seven, a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company founded by Ludwig Stanford director Irv Weissman, announced that it has completed the first half of a $75 million financing round and has licensed the rights to multiple immuno-oncology programs from Stanford University.

February 23, 2016
MIT Technology Review

The MIT Technology Review takes a look at the busy life of Ludwig scientist Sangeeta Bhatia: a bioengineer, entrepreneur and role model for young women in STEM.

February 4, 2016
Oxford Science Blog

In recognition of World Cancer Day, the Oxford Science Blog asks Ludwig’s Colin Goding about his research on melanoma and his thoughts on the future of cancer treatment.

January 15, 2016

Ludwig Harvard director George Demetri talks to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews about what can be accomplished with Vice President Biden’s “Moonshot” initiative.

January 8, 2016

Ludwig Harvard director George Demetri was among the top cancer researchers who met with United States Vice President Joe Biden’s staff to discuss ideas for his cancer “moonshot” initiative announced during President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

January 1, 2016

In the war on cancer, 2015 will be remembered for more than just the new drugs that were approved. It was a year marked by many new discoveries about the disease that will continue to drive improvements in how it is prevented and treated.

November 30, 2015
TED Talks Live

What if we could find cancerous tumors years before they can harm us — without expensive screening facilities or even steady electricity? Ludwig MIT’s Sangeeta Bhatia leads a multidisciplinary lab that searches for novel ways to understand, diagnose and treat human disease.

November 2, 2015
Philanthropy Journal

Ludwig’s aim is to support scientific research to ease the suffering caused by cancer. To that end, we fund basic research in the biological sciences, applied research for the design and development of candidate cancer therapies and diagnostics and early stage clinical trials to evaluate new treatments and therapeutic strategies.

October 30, 2015
National Brain Tumor Society Blog

Defeat GBM-funded research discovers a completely new process whereby EGFR alterations – which occur in the majority of GBMs – fuel tumor growth, and, importantly, identifies a potential way to exploit these changes in tumor cells to treat GBM using a class of anti-cancer drugs already in development.

October 23, 2015
Stanford Medicine

Researchers discovered, in mice, the direct progenitors to coronary artery smooth muscle cells, the important component that encases the artery and gives it strength.

October 22, 2015
Memorial Sloan Kettering's On Cancer Blog

In this Q&A, Ludwig MSK’s Alexander Rudensky talks about the function of regulatory T cells, a type of immune cell, and how targeting these cells may eventually lead to new immunotherapy treatments for cancer as well as other types of disease.

October 8, 2015
The New Economy

Seen as a major breakthrough in cancer treatment, immuno-oncology could be the hope the world has waited for.

October 5, 2015
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

The NIH has awarded three grants totaling $31.8 million toward the agency’s new 4D Nucleome Program—a collaborative research initiative aimed at better understanding how DNA is arranged within the cell’s nucleus in four dimensions—three-dimensional space plus time—and how changes in that nuclear organization affect human health and disease.

September 18, 2015
AACR Cancer Research Catalyst

Owing to successful outcomes from clinical trials, the FDA has approved three immune checkpoint inhibitors to treat certain metastatic melanomas and advanced lung cancers. All current FDA-approved immune checkpoint inhibitors are antibodies. But are antibodies truly the best immune checkpoint inhibitors?

August 28, 2015
Cancer Research UK Science Blog

The aim of a conference held earlier this month was to bring together the world’s leading oesophageal cancer experts for the first time. And by getting everyone in one room, our hope was to invigorate research ideas and stimulate progress in understanding and treating the disease.

August 25, 2015
The ASCO Post

Among the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s newest supporters, Ludwig Cancer Research is an international community of distinguished scientists dedicated to preventing and controlling cancer. Its emphasis on collaboration and long-term support has fostered its role as a leader in immunotherapy and other challenging aspects of cancer research since its founding in 1971.

August 17, 2015
The Straits Times

Personalised drugs to treat individual people. Yeast-made cereal optimised for your gut flora. And a whole new range of goods made from nature’s materials. These are the promises of bioengineering.

June 15, 2015
Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News

One of the most practical applications of precision medicine lies within the field of pharmacogenomics, a portmanteau of pharmacology and genomics. It is a discipline designed for tailoring drug treatments to an individual’s genetic make-up.

June 11, 2015
Radio Télévision Suisse

Le Conseil d’Etat vaudois et un institut américain ont annoncé jeudi des dizaines de millions de francs d’investissement pour développer la recherche sur le cancer au CHUV et à l’UNIL.

May 31, 2015
The Washington Post

Treating advanced melanoma patients with two of the new drugs that help their immune systems fight cancer is more effective than using either drug alone, researchers showed in a study released Sunday that expands physicians’ arsenal against the lethal disease and, potentially, other cancers.

May 29, 2015

Patients with colon and other cancers who have a specific defect in genes needed for DNA repair are far more likely to respond to a new class of drugs such as Merck & Co’s Keytruda, which enlist the immune system to attack tumors, a new study has shown.

May 7, 2015
Nature Medicine

Recent clinical data suggest that combination immunotherapy may be the wave of the future. To capitalize on these exciting findings, the scientific, logistical, proprietary and financial hurdles to the clinical testing of combination therapy must be addressed.

April 20, 2015

New drugs release the body’s own weapons: killer white blood cells called T cells. And that approach is one of several bringing a huge amount of excitement to the field of cancer research, one that can be palpably felt here at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research in Philadelphia, where researchers are unveiling advances large and small.

April 15, 2015

As sequencing costs reduce and computing power expands, opportunities abound for scientists to learn about the genetics of cancer.

April 1, 2015
The Scientist

How exactly genes and environment interact to propel malignancy is only just beginning to be worked out, but one thing is clear: our habits play a big role.

February 20, 2015
Cancer Discovery

Each new study seems to augment the good news about checkpoint inhibitors. Second-generation versions of these drugs, which lift the brake that tumor cells put on T-cell activation, have gained approval for recurrent melanoma and shown some activity against advanced non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), bladder cancer, kidney cancer, and refractory Hodgkin lymphoma.

February 18, 2015

Researchers in the National Institutes of Health Roadmap Epigenomics Project have now identified most of the chemical tags on DNA and its associated proteins that influence gene function and help define more than 100 different kinds of human cells. The knowledge of these so-called epigenetic modifications has already led to new insights into Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, and development.

February 17, 2015
Medical Xpress

A team led by Oxford University researchers was looking at how a protein, iASPP, might be involved in the growth of tumours. However, serendipitously they found that mice lacking this gene died prematurely of sudden cardiac death. More detailed investigations showed that these mice had an irregular conductance in the right side of the heart, a condition known as arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

February 10, 2015
The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC

Immunotherapy has shown remarkable gains in treating cancer by harnessing the body’s own immune system, and Dr. Jedd Wolchok of Ludwig MSK is one of the leading researchers in the field.

January 15, 2015

Jedd D. Wolchok of Ludwig MSK discusses remaining questions regarding immunotherapies for the treatment of melanoma. Despite success, there are several questions that remain. One crucial area, Wolchok says, is the need identify biomarkers to enrich patient populations.

January 10, 2015
The Economist

A recent paper does not show that two-thirds of cancer cases are due to bad luck.

December 8, 2014
American Society of Cell Biology TV

The San Diego Branch focuses mainly on cancer genetics, cell signaling, gene regulation and the mechanisms of cell division. We have made important achievements investigating the processes that cells use to maintain the integrity of their genome, and how failure in these processes can lead to cancer.

November 19, 2014
NBC News

Lab mice are tried-and-true stand-ins for human experimental subjects when it comes to medical studies, but sometimes what works for mice doesn’t work for men and women. Now a comparative survey of mouse and human genomes is taking a huge step toward figuring out why.

October 16, 2014
AACR Cancer Research Catalyst

The National Cancer Institute and other agencies are funding prevention research. But efforts are nowhere near where they ought to be given the approaching tsunami of aging citizens. The bulk of cancer research funding from both public and private sources continues to focus on the treatment of cancer, not its prevention

September 12, 2014
TEDX Cambridge

Just like in life, there are no turn-by-turn directions when it comes to cancer research. Ludwig’s Tyler Jacks shares the lessons he’s learned, and what they mean for all of us.

August 31, 2014
Herald Sun

Victorian Suzanne Reynolds, who had melanoma in her brain, sinus, bone and gallbladder, went into an incredibly rare ‘spontaneous remission’ where her own immune system fired up and killed the cancer. Now, more than a decade later, there are drugs that replicate this astonishing occurrence in a revolutionary new approach to cancer treatment called immunotherapy.

August 25, 2014
Oncology Times

Philip A. Pizzo, MD, the David and Susan Heckerman Professor of Pediatrics and of Microbiology and Immunology at the Stanford University School of Medicine, has joined the Board of Directors of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

August 5, 2014

Ludwig Cancer Research recently announced plans to explore three monoclonal antibodies aimed at two different checkpoint modulators. The term encompasses antibodies devised to block receptors that inhibit the immune response against cancer as well as those that bind and activate receptors known to have the opposite effect.

July 24, 2014
Oncology News

How Daniel K Ludwig’s formula for success has fuelled four decades – and counting – of top-notch cancer research.

July 21, 2014
TEDX Times Square

Ludwig MSK’s Jedd Wolchok speaks on the latest developments in cancer immunotherapy.

April 23, 2014
Scientific American

By releasing the brakes that tumor cells place on the immune system, researchers are developing a new generation of more powerful treatments against malignancy.

April 10, 2014
The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Government funding, which has long supported the bulk of basic scientific research, is increasingly threatened in the U.S. If we hope to capitalize on the remarkable progress made in molecular medicine over the past few decades to solve such intractable problems as cancer, diabetes, and other diseases, something will have to change—and soon.

March 24, 2014
Huffington Post

American science is increasingly starved of funds. In 2013, the U.S. National Institutes of Health was forced to slash $1.5 billion from its budget. As a consequence, only one in seven biomedical researchers who apply for an NIH grant today will receive one — marking an historic low.

March 10, 2014
Bioprocess Online

Ludwig Cancer Research and Agenus Inc. announced that the companies are advancing three selected monoclonal antibody checkpoint modulators (CPMs) into preclinical development.

February 10, 2014
WTTW-TV Chicago Tonight

University of Chicago cancer specialists make strides in curing metastatic cancers.

January 25, 2014
The Lancet

This month, Daniel Ludwig’s trust made a final US$540 million donation to the six American Ludwig Centers he had helped to found. In total, Ludwig has given over $900 million to the six centres.

January 9, 2014
Nonprofit quarterly

In the case of these six cancer research centers, a $540 million endowment is meant to help them pursue work that is speculative and risky, unencumbered by the profit requirements of “the market” or the conservatism and restrictions of government funding.

January 7, 2014
The Scientist

Six U.S. medical centers will each receive $90 million to pursue cancer research with very few strings attached.

January 6, 2014
Chronicle of Philanthropy

Six facilities for cancer studies launched in 2006 by New York-based charity Ludwig Cancer Research will each receive $90-million more from the parent group to pursue unrestricted research into how the disease starts, spreads, and can be stopped.

January 6, 2014

The estate of the late American shipping magnate Daniel Ludwig on Monday donated a total of $540 million to six elite U.S. cancer research facilities, making one of the largest one-time gifts dedicated to combating the disease.

January 6, 2014
Boston Globe

An American shipping magnate’s trust will announce on Monday one of the largest philanthropic gifts to support cancer research: more than half a billion dollars to be divided equally among six institutions, including Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

January 6, 2014
The Mercury News

Stanford has received a vast sum of money to study a tiny population of deadly cancer cells, a gift that could help combat the heartbreak of phoenixlike disease recurrence.

January 6, 2014
Chicago Tribune

Gift from Ludwig Cancer Research fund comes as government, private grants have declined.

January 6, 2014
USA Today

The Ludwig Cancer Research organization announces one of the largest gifts ever toward cancer research with $540 million to six research centers across the country.

January 6, 2014
The Baltimore Sun

Johns Hopkins University scientists will share in one of the largest one-time philanthropic gifts for cancer research ever made, $540 million aimed at preventing and curing the disease, officials are scheduled to announce today.

January 6, 2014
Boston Magazine

MIT and Harvard each received $90 million from Ludwig Cancer Research, on behalf of its founder Daniel K. Ludwig, which will provide funding to transform basic research on metastasis, the process by which cancer cells spread from a primary tumor to distant sites in the body.

January 6, 2014

A trust fund created by billionaire shipping tycoon Daniel K. Ludwig ends today with a bang and a gift to research. Six U.S. medical centers will receive $540 million—$90 million each—from the fund to endow cancer studies in perpetuity.

December 6, 2013
Fox News

A new study has revealed that brain cancer cells can actually evade many current cancer drugs—by temporarily scaling down a certain genetic mutation that the drugs target.

October 11, 2013
National Public Radio

A genetic variation that protects skin against sun damage may also increase the risk of testicular cancer, at least in mice. Researcher Gareth Bond discusses why this relationship may have evolved and how the findings could help to create personalized cancer treatments for humans.

October 10, 2013

A genetic variant that increases the risk of testicular cancer may be favored by evolution because it helps protect those with fair skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, according to a new study.

October 1, 2013
Oncology Times

It’s time to give combination immunotherapy a chance against a broader range of cancers. Historically, such strategies have primarily been investigated for melanoma and kidney cancers.

September 23, 2013
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Scientists from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the Karolinska Institutet report the development of an improved method for analyzing the genes expressed within a single cell. They say their finding will be relevant for everything from basic research to future cancer diagnostics.

August 15, 2013
AM with Tony Eastley

Australian scientists say they have discovered a molecule which they believe is responsible for the growth of some cancerous tumours. It provides researchers with a new target for anti cancer therapies.

July 10, 2013
Oncology Times

David Lane, PhD, has been named Scientific Director of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. In the new role, which commenced last month, Lane will coordinate Ludwig’s global research efforts and activities.

June 27, 2013
The New York Times

Research demonstrates a little-appreciated but inescapable fact about cancer: It is an evolutionary disease. And studies are provoking new thinking about ways to use drugs to kill cancerous cells.

June 12, 2013

Seattle-based Immune Design took a big step forward as a company in 2010 when it struck a deal to let AstraZeneca’s MedImmune unit test out its proprietary vaccine boosters, or adjuvants. Now, it’s got a bigger goal in mind: using a broad collaboration with two big non-profit organizations to break into the hot field of cancer immunotherapy.

June 12, 2013
News Medical

One protein that keeps healthy cells from behaving this way is a tumor suppressor named p53. This protein stops potentially precancerous cells from dividing and induces suicide in those that are damaged beyond repair. Not surprisingly, p53’s critical function is disrupted or silenced in many cancers.

June 5, 2013
The Age

A large trial combining two drugs for people with advanced melanoma is due to begin at several Australian hospitals in coming months after a small American study of 52 people found the treatment shrank most participants’ tumours.

May 30, 2013

Today, many cancer patients are treated with antibody drugs that work in part by marking tumor cells for destruction by macrophages. Although these drugs have extended lives, they don’t always work very well—partly because cancer cells fight back by sending a “don’t eat me” signal to the immune cells.

May 15, 2013
The New York Times

Cancer researchers are growing increasingly enthusiastic about harnessing the body’s own immune system to fight tumors. And new research shows that two drugs that use this approach may be even better than one.

May 13, 2013
Bloomberg News

Merck & Co., Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Roche Holding AG have opened a new front against cancer with the next generation of experimental drugs that use the human immune system to seek and destroy tumor cells.

April 17, 2013

Researchers have identified a mechanism of action that explains why patients with glioblastoma have not had successful outcomes when treated with inhibitors of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) despite the fact that mTOR is overexpressed in approximately 90% of cases of the disease.

April 1, 2013
The Scientist

Tumors that arise in the same organs in humans and fish look and behave alike, and the cancers often share common genetic underpinnings. As a result, most researchers believe that the basic mechanisms underlying tumor formation are conserved across species, allowing them to study the formation, expansion, and spread of tumors in animal models with the hope of eventually finding new insights into cancer in people.

January 9, 2013
The New York Times

The Pap test, which has prevented countless deaths from cervical cancer, may eventually help to detect cancers of the uterus and ovaries as well, a new study suggests.

October 26, 2012

Epigenetic mechanisms influence processes from stem cell differentiation to cancer, and researchers are keen to understand how these events differ at the genomic scale—the so-called epigenome.

October 11, 2012

AstraZeneca’s biologics arm, MedImmune, is joining forces with two cancer organisations in a bid to advance the research of immunotherapy in cancer.

October 10, 2012
Fierce Biotech

Cancer immunotherapy research has once again topped the R&D charts as one of the hottest fields in biotech. And now MedImmune, the biologics arm of AstraZeneca ($AZN), has teamed up with some prestigious research teams to come up with some revved up combo therapies using a few of their most promising antibodies.

July 25, 2012
Clinical Sequencing News (PDF)

In a proof-of-principle study, the team evaluated the performance of their mRNA-seq protocol, called Smart-Seq, and used it to study single circulating tumor cells from melanoma.

July 3, 2012
New Scientist

Some junk is worth keeping. Non-coding, or junk, mouse DNA contains vast amounts of information vital to gene function—and those regulatory functions take up much more space on the genome than the all-important coding segments.

June 20, 2012
NBC San Diego

Treatment in animal subjects stopped the effects of Huntington’s and produced long-term improvement.

April 2, 2012
Scientific American

Few diseases have strong enough genetic components to make sequencing a solid way to assess individual risk.

March 7, 2012
U.S. News & World Report

In rare case, her immune system was spurred to eliminate tumors even in distant sites, researchers say.


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