May 9, 2013

Beauchamp to discuss research to improve staging of colorectal cancer, Tuesday, May 14

The Surgery Research Collaborative concludes its spring series with a discussion led by Chairman of the Section of Surgical Sciences R. Daniel Beauchamp, M.D., who will present “Molecular Profiling of Colorectal Cancer: Can We Improve on Staging?,” Tuesday, May 14, at 5 p.m. at the University Club.

Beauchamp’s research focuses on colorectal carcinogenesis and the identification of novel molecular biomarkers and therapeutic targets in colorectal and other alimentary tract malignancies. His lab applies transcriptomics and proteomics technology to identify these biomarkers and “driver” pathways in colorectal cancer.

The Department of Surgery Research Collaborative was developed to provide synergy between the basic sciences and clinical research as a means of enhancing research opportunities within the Section of Surgical Sciences.

The Department of Surgery Collaborative hosts open meetings the second Tuesday of every month in the Hermitage Room at the University Club from 5 to 6 p.m., offering opportunities for informal discussion as well as presentations from both the basic sciences and translational research. Section faculty, residents, fellows and staff are invited and encouraged to attend.

Beauchamp joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1994. In 2001, he was named the John Clinton Foshee Distinguished Professor of Surgery, section chair and surgeon-in-chief of VUMC. He holds joint appointments as professor in the departments of Cell and Developmental Biology and Cancer Biology, and serves as the deputy director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.