Congratulations to the 2018 William Raveis Charitable Fund Fellowship Recipients! With the $519,347 raised by the 2017 Ride + Walk, we are funding four new deserving scientists!
This week we would like to highlight Dr. Joshua Brody, a Clinical Investigator at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai whose focus of study is Lymphoma.
Dr. Brody aims to develop a novel treatment approach for patients with advanced-stage lymphoma, by which the patient’s immune system is trained to recognize and eliminate his/her own cancer. This approach, an “in situ vaccine,” recruits and activates specific immune cells, dendritic cells (DC), at the location of the treated tumor – where they can then educate the rest of the immune system to recognize and eliminate tumors throughout the body. The first patients enrolled in this clinical trial have already shown the recruitment and activation of DC within the treated tumor as well as regressions of lymphoma at sites distant from the treated site.
Dr. Brody earned his undergraduate degree in molecular and cellular biology from Harvard University and his MD from SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine. He was born and raised in Port Washington, NY. Dr. Brody’s parents, both doctors, encouraged his pursuit of science, though personal loss to cancer inspired his devotion to cancer research. Outside of his work, Dr. Brody devotes time to his family, running, snowboarding, and stand-up comedy. He has a knack for making up lyrics to the songs from ‘Frozen’ for his niece and nephews and plays guitar, flute and piano.
We thank you, Dr. Brody, for your hard work and dedication to cancer research!