Big Ideas

Alan Fields, Ph.D.

May 10, 2012

Dr. Alan Fields of The Mayo Clinic and his team have discovered a single gene that promotes initial development of the most common form of lung cancer. Their study suggests other forms of cancer may also be driven by this gene. These cells then drive lung cancer and its spread, and they are notoriously immune to conventional treatment.

The findings raise hope for a possible treatment for non-small cell lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.

Fields received a 2006 V Foundation Translational Grant.