Recent MSK Discoveries & Advances

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Memorial Sloan Kettering researchers are relentlessly exploring every aspect of cancer — from basic investigations of cells and molecules to clinical trials of new treatments and population-wide studies of the disease. While our core mission is to translate this knowledge into new strategies to control cancer, many of our investigators are also making scientific progress against other diseases and conditions.

Below are some examples of discoveries and advances that recently were made in our laboratories and clinics, and featured in our news stories.

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Side-by-side headshots of scientists Christopher Lima and Rhyan Puno
With Cryo-EM, SKI Scientists Determine Structure of Key Factor in RNA Quality Control
Called NEXT, the factor plays an important role in handing over RNA to the exosome for destruction.
MSK physician-scientist Vinod Balachandran.
MSK mRNA Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine Trial Shows Promising Results
Learn how MSK researchers are deploying mRNA vaccines against pancreatic cancer.
SKI immunologist Ming Li
SKI Scientists Identify Potential New ‘Soldier’ for Cancer Immunotherapy
The new cells, which the scientists have dubbed killer innate-like T cells, differ in several notable ways from the conventional target of many immunotherapies.
Charles Sawyers and Elizabeth Wasmuth
With CryoEM, MSK Researchers Obtain Exquisite View of the Androgen Receptor — A Key Protein in Prostate Cancer
The pictures provide new clues about how the androgen receptor interacts with cancer-causing proteins.
An illustration of a fish fin touching a human finger
Hands, Feet, and Fins: The Connection That Explains Acral Melanoma
Sloan Kettering Institute scientists are using zebrafish to understand human skin cancer that attacks the hands and feet.
Dirk Remus and Richard Hite
SKI Scientists Determine Structure of a DNA Damage 'First Responder'
The results of this collaborative project overturn some conventional wisdom about how the DNA repair process works.
A colorful pigeon standing in an urban setting.
SKI Scientists Discover a New Twist on an 80-Year-Old Biochemical Pathway
With the resurgence of interest in cancer metabolism, researchers are coming to realize that there is more to a cell’s biochemistry than once thought.
SKI scientists David Scheinberg and Derek Tan
Sloan Kettering Institute Scientists Retool CAR T Cells to Serve as ‘Micropharmacies’ for Cancer Drugs
These souped-up versions may help overcome some limitations of existing CAR T cells.
Charles Sawyers, a hematologic oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
A Conversation with MSK’s Charles Sawyers: What’s Next for Precision Oncology
Twenty years ago, Charles Sawyers played a pivotal role in the development of Gleevec, a game-changing cancer drug that has gone on to save millions of lives and open doors for research and innovation. In this episode, Dr. Diane Reidy-Lagunes talks with Dr. Sawyers about what’s next in the field of cancer pharmaceuticals. Is another silver bullet on the horizon?
SKI immunologist Andrea Schietinger
Discovery of a Stem-like T Cell in Type 1 Diabetes Holds Potential for Improving Cancer Immunotherapy, Sloan Kettering Institute Scientists Say
As an autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes raises important questions about immune cell activity that have broad implications for immunotherapy.