V Successes

Movie Stars in Their Own Right

Dr. Johanna JoyceDoctors Johanna Joyce, Michel Sadelain and Minkui Luo may not be movie stars, but they will be making an on screen appearance in The V Foundation’s 2012-2013 corporate video. The three researchers work in labs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and are in the process of making impressive developments in cancer research

Dr. Joyce, photographed to the left, received a V Scholar Grant in 2005 and she’s currently studying how tumor cells grow and spread.  Her lab is primarily focused on this complex process in brain tumors. Joyce said The V Foundation’s support gave her the confidence and recognition she needed to get her lab started. 

Dr. Sadelain was awarded a Designated Grant from The V Foundation in 2005 and  he’s developing cell engineering techniques that have been able to recognize and kill tumor cells. Sadelain’s developments are already being used in six clinical trials at Sloan-Kettering.

Dr. Luo was a 2009 recipient of The V Foundation’s V Scholar Grant. Luo is now studying a specific cancer protein and the role it plays in ovarian cancer, leukemia and melanoma. Luo said his lab will hopefully be able to use this study to develop a drug that can attack and slow cancer cells. 

While the doctors at Sloan-Kettering might not have Academy Awards in their future, their work is certainly worthy of note and has earned them an even more important role — doctors searching for a cure.