JULY 2020

Newly Described Mutation in the TP53 Gene Leaves People at Higher Risk for Multiple Cancers

Research led by Kara Maxwell, MD, PhD, a Basser Center researcher and an assistant professor of Hematology-Oncology and Genetics at Penn Medicine, and Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC, a Basser Center genetic counselor, detailed the potential implications of a specific type of inherited TP53 mutation, including an association with Li-Fraumeni syndrome, predisposes carriers to a wide range of cancers.

Research Round Up

Genetic Counseling via Telehealth

Basser Center genetic counselor Jacquelyn Powers, MS, LCGC, shares her thoughts on genetic counseling via telehealth for the Basser blog. In part one, she discusses the shift to telehealth because of the pandemic and what patients should expect from a typical appointment. 
In part two, she writes about her experience seeing patients via telehealth and considerations for the future.

MicroRNA Might Help Detect, Treat Ovarian Cancer

Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD, the Basser Center's Director of Gynecologic Cancer Research, was part of a study showing microRNA miR181a as a potential biomarker for early-stage high-grade serous ovarian carcinoma, as well as a possible drug target to make immunotherapy more effective.

Cancer and COVID-19: What You Should Know and How We’re Protecting Patients


Join us on September 9, 2020 from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm for this live virtual panel discussion and hear from international experts in the field of BRCA-related research to learn about how scientific advancements translate to patient care. Registration will open soon!
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