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Alliance Beverage donates $25,000 to ASU Biodesign Institute

December 23, 2014

Alliance Beverage Charity Golf Classic supports research into melanoma detection Most Arizona golfers know that they should guard against the risks of skin cancer. But few realize that Arizona has some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. This year, hundreds of golfers at the Alliance Beverage Charity Golf Classic are helping raise awareness and advance research. Their donation of $25,000 will help accelerate the development of a technology aimed at detecting melanoma – the...

ASU researchers produce devices for early, low-cost cancer diagnosis

December 14, 2014

It’s the one word no one wants to hear escape from their doctor’s lips. But each year, 12.7 million people around the world do. The word is cancer, a disease that kills millions and costs billions to treat. It is a global health threat, affecting the citizens of developed and developing countries alike. Ask an oncologist about the best way to beat the disease, and her response will likely be, “Start treatment as early as possible.” But first, you need to diagnose it. That’s often...

Fernanda Festa garners Phoenix Business Journal’s ’40 Under 40’ honors

June 25, 2013

ASU Biodesign Institute postdoctoral researcher and cancer biologist Fernanda Festa, Ph.D., has been named to the Phoenix Business Journal’s annual “Forty Under 40” list, which honors outstanding young leaders in the metropolitan area.  Festa, a native of Brazil, says that the main event that changed her life and gave her the passion to pursue cancer research was the loss of one of her staunchest supporters, her beloved grandfather, who succombed to glioblastoma (a type of brain...

Array of light for early disease detection?

May 22, 2012

A special feature in the May 11 issue of the journal Science highlights protein array technology, touching on research conducted by Joshua LaBaer, director of the Biodesign Institute’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics. With the successful completion of the Human Genome Project, research attention is increasingly focusing on proteins. Versatile products produced from genetic templates, proteins are principle actors in both the maintenance of health and the onset of...