On Thursday, November 1, 2018, several of IUPUI’S distinguished faculty scholars showcased their translational research and illustrated how they improve people’s lives at the IUPUI TRIP Community Showcase. These scholars have partnered with community members and others to translate their research into viable practices that improve our communities.
The Showcase was held in Room 101 in the Cancer Research Institute Building (1044 W Walnut St) on the IUPUI Campus Center beginning at 5:30 PM. There is no cost to attend and all are welcome!
Sunil Badve, the 2018 Bantz-Petronio TRIP Faculty Award Recipient presented “Translating the Rosetta Stone in Cancer” highlighting his translational research. Dr. Badve’s team notes that cancers are difficult to treat because they are heterogeneous and respond differently to therapies. The causes of this difference is an alteration in the genetic code (RNA/ DNA) that results in changes in cell appearance, behavior and the ability to grow at distant sites (metastases). Most cancers have hundreds of alterations which makes it difficult to identify the most aggressive forms of the disease. To solve this, Dr. Badve and his team measure certain RNA molecules in surgically removed samples of cancer with the goal of developing tools that can help identify the aggressive tumors. This could result in identification of newer treatments for more aggressive tumors. More importantly, it could also assist in identifying patients who can be spared from toxic chemotherapy.