A recent study carried out by a Dartmouth research team with PhD, Yafang Li, at the helm has discovered that three unique single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are possible biomarkers for those at-risk of having lung cancer. To date, the study is the largest analysis report related to the interaction between SNP and smoking, and it can help researchers identify the odds that someone might get lung cancer based on the three SNPs. This is very useful to help put together a personalized treatment plan. The study focused on Caucasions, but it is in-the-works to turn that focus on other ethnicities so a link between gene-smoking and lung cancer can be discovered for more populations and peoples in the world.
Eric Lefkofsky is the co-founder of Tempus, and it is has been his dream to put together the operating system that he has that helps physicians to better combat cancer. He is also a founder of the venture fund, Lightbank, which invests in technologies that are disruptive. As an author, Lefkofsky has written the very important book “Accelerated Disruption: Understanding the True Speed of Innovation,” which explains how to begin a disruptive company. He is also a blogger who writes about a spread of different topics with many of his blog posts covering the current battle against cancer, in this day and age.
Together, Eric Lefkofksy and his wife, Liz, started the Lefkofsky Family Foundation, which supports and donates to a large spread of charitable organizations. It was their initial vision, and continues to be, that they would donate to charities that support the arts and culture, the medical community, fundamental human rights, and education. Some of the charities they have donated to include After School Matters, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Human Rights Watch, The Jewish United Fund, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the The Renaissance Society. Aside from this work with charities, Lefkofsky also sits as a Trustee of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Eric Lefkofsky attended the University of Michigan, graduated from there, and then went on to study at the University of Michigan Law School where he earned his Juris Doctor. He supports and places a high value on education, and is also serves the University of Chicago as an adjunct professor. Today, Lefkofsky lives his life in Chicago, Illinois and plays an active role in supporting the community he loves so much.