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Archive for August, 2018

Targeting Treatments

by Colleen Kearney Rich on August 6th, 2018

Researchers at Mason’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine are bringing personalized medicine to more people with metastatic breast cancer in their latest clinical trial. This third phase of breast cancer research, supported the Side-Out Foundation, involves 100 patients from 10 sites around the United States and is the center’s largest clinical trial yet.

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There Is No One Right Way to Treat a Patient—There Are 7 Billion

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

Personalized. Precision. Predictive. One size doesn’t fit all, especially when it comes to health care.

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Unlocking Key Information in Health Records

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

Analyzing the wealth of data available in electronic health records is a powerful new weapon driving personalized medicine and helping improve health care delivery. It is the central focus of Mason’s highly specialized health informatics program. The key to predicting a disease, identifying likelihood of a hospital readmission, or determining the best drug to prescribe in a given circumstance may be found in these records.

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Microorganisms and How They Relate to Disease

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

Mason researcher Patrick Gillevet, director of Mason’s MicroBiome Analysis Center, studies the microbiome—the assortment of microorganisms in a given environment—and its relationship to human disease. Studies have found an individual’s microbiome can affect many aspects of health and illness, including cognition, obesity, cirrhosis, and even autism.

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Beating the Odds for Better Clinical Trials

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

William Rosenberger would like to see more favorable odds for patients in clinical trials. So the University Professor and chair of Mason Engineering’s Department of Statistics is helping medical researchers apply the concepts used in personalized medicine to better design studies—and benefit patients. In personalized medicine, patients get targeted treatments based on their genetics, specific…

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Q&A with Peter Leeson

by Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on August 6th, 2018

In his second book, Peter T. Leeson, PhD Economics ’05, shares the economic reasoning behind some of the world’s strangest practices and superstitions. It turns out that these rules were actually not so much strange as they were meticulously planned responses to pressing social problems. From Italy’s criminal prosecution of cockroaches and crickets to accused criminals in Liberia choosing to drink poison to determine their fates, Leeson’s new book studies the rational thought behind irrational practices.

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A Road Map for the Future of Health Care

by Mason Spirit contributor on August 6th, 2018

Mason alumna Franziska Moeckel came to the United States as an international student from Germany, searching for a university that would be the perfect fit for her. While she was accepted to several schools, Moeckel says Mason was her top choice because it allowed her to be part of a community.

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Mason’s Newest Academic Facility Will See You Now

by Colleen Kearney Rich on August 1st, 2018

Faculty and staff have moved in and classes are taking place in Peterson Family Health Sciences Hall, the new home of Mason’s College of Health and Human Services.

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Game Changer

by Teresa D. Allen, MFA '12 on August 1st, 2018

Mason alumnus Rick Dunetz, BIS ’97, is the executive director of Side-Out Foundation, which funds targeted “multiomic” research studies on metastatic breast cancer, a new method of combining genomic and proteomic research, creating individualized therapies for specific patients.

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Meet the Mason Nation: Shira Kulok

by Lindsay Bernhards, BA '18 on August 1st, 2018

In 2017, Mason’s Childhood Development Center earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and it continues to grow. Center director Shira Kulok uses her creativity and passion for early childhood education to develop programs that will benefit all children while enhancing the center.

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