Arizona Cancer Evolution Center (ACE)

KJZZ Interview with Athena Aktipis and Carlo Maley – Cactus Garden and Cancer Adaptive Therapy

KJZZ’s Mark Brodie talks to Athena Aktipis and Carlo Maley in the cancer cactus garden at ASU. They discuss how strangely-formed, crested cacti (fasciated) not only look amazing but are reminiscent of cancer, reminding us that that the disease is present in all multi-cellular life. Aktipis and Maley’s research is pointing the way to clinical trials of ‘adaptive therapy’ for metastatic cancer, whereby ‘nicer’ cancer cells are deliberately kept alive to keep the ‘nasties’ in check – a potentially more effective treatment than aggressive chemotherapy.

ACE at Homecoming – Cancer Memorial Garden

“This is an awesome idea!” We heard repeatedly as ASU students, fans and faculty huddled around the ACE display to remember family, friends and friends-of-friends impacted by cancer, by writing their names on paper tags and placing them on the memorial tree on our...

A New Theory of Cancer

After billions spent for little benefit, it's time to look at the disease in a different way, according to physicist and cancer researcher Paul Davies writing in The Monthly magazine....

ACE Works with School Science Club

Our visit to Kyrene del Cielo Elementary School in Chandler, Arizona was huge fun! We were talking about blood and cancer across the animal kingdom in The DISCOVERoom, where children who want to learn more about science spend their lunchtimes. The kids were in grades K – 5 and we were amazed and delighted by their enthusiasm.

Welcome student interns

The first two of our undergraduate interns started working with our project this fall and we are delighted to welcome Sydney Collier and Kenna Sherman! Kenna and Sydney are based at UCSB, working primarily with Amy Boddy and mentored by Valerie Harris.

This is how Kenna describes her project:

“The project I am working on, under the supervision of Dr. Boddy, involves analyzing cancer rates in animals. Initially, I will be working with the Santa Barbara Zoo to gather information on the cancer rates in their animals. This involves going through their medical records and recording all instances of cancer, as well as the total number of each animal in a specific time frame. This information will be combined with a preexisting larger database. I will then choose a specific factor like mass, lifespan, or brain mass, and analyze for any correlation with cancer rates, in hopes of finding a direction for further research.”

We’ll be letting you know how they and the other students interns are getting on as the semester progresses.