Prof focuses on cancer prevention

first_imgThe New York Times best-selling author, featured TED speaker and one of the world’s leading cancer doctors and researchers are just a few of the ways to describe Dr. David Agus.A Trojan since 2009, Agus is the director of the USC Norris Westside Cancer Center, director of the Center for Applied Molecular Medicine, professor of medicine at the Keck School of Medicine and professor of engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering. Though Agus is currently recognized as the authority on cancer research and treatment — having served as doctor for the likes of Steve Jobs, Lance Armstrong and Ted Kennedy — it was space exploration that inspired him to study science.“I grew up during the Space Age when there was a lot of competition between the U.S. and Russia, and after the Russians sent the Sputnik to space, the government embarked on a major science education initiative,” he said. “Thus at a young age I caught the ‘science bug’ and decided I wanted to pursue a career in medicine.”After graduating cum laude from Princeton University with a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, Agus earned his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and did his residency at Johns Hopkins University.Agus said he decided to specialize in oncology because it allows him to directly apply what is done in the lab to the lives of real patients. According to Agus, the nature of his field forces him to be innovative, especially in treating late-stage cancer patients.“In this field, you are able to take risks,” Agus said.In addition to being a conventional doctor, Agus is on the front lines of developing ways to integrate technology into the fight against cancer. In 2006, he co-founded Navigenics, a company that provides people with their individual genetic information, allowing them to see their predispositions to certain diseases and to take appropriate preventative measures. He also founded Oncology.com, the Internet’s largest cancer resource and community.Agus is a firm believer that the fight against cancer must focus on prevention.“It must be a ‘ground up’ movement and start with individuals,” Agus said. “My book, The End of Illness, is an anthem of that.”In The End of Illness, which spent over a month as The New York Times No. 1 bestseller after its January release, Agus argues that the key to curing cancer is preventing it in the first place. According to Fortune magazine, Agus calls for a completely new approach to medicine.“I want doctors to treat toward health and not treat toward disease,” he said.Agus said some simple ways to prevent cancer and other diseases include taking baby aspirin every day, keeping consistently active by walking from place to place and keeping a regular meal schedule.“If you eat lunch at noon one day, but then 2 p.m. the next, your body releases stress hormones that make you up to 80 percent more likely to contract diabetes,” he said.Though Agus is an internationally recognized figure who has done extensive work with many organizations and institutions, he said the opportunities and resources afforded him at USC are perfect for his work.“I am all about the convergence of multiple sciences in developing technology for health care and USC is one of the only places where you can do that. The emphasis USC places on multi-disciplinary study and work is perfect for what I do,” Agus said. “USC was built on a long-term vision of changing the world and that’s what I’m about.”last_img read more

Hurling championship goes up a gear

first_imgTheres also a double header in Toomevara,when Kilruane McDonaghs come up against JK Brackens from Mid Tipp.Throw in is at 2pmIn the second encounter there North champions Kildangan meet Upperchurch-DrombaneThe action gets underway at 3.30 We will have live updates here on Tipp FM throughout the afternoon on all those games. At 1 O clock in Moneygall Nenagh Eire Og take on Roscrea in an all North clash, at Theres a double header in The Ragg when South meets North as South champions Killenaule take on Portroe at 2pm.center_img The action continues this evening when County champions Thurles Sarsfields meet South runners up Mullinahone.Throw in is at 6pm in Leahy Park Cashel. In the second game Eire Og Annacarthy meet Lorrha at 3.30.last_img

Munster looking to get back to winning ways

first_imgRassie Erasmus’s side – with Nenagh man Donnacha Ryan making his first start of the campaign – take on the Newport Gwent Dragons in Wales at 5.15.Ten minutes before that defending champions Connacht begin their encounter with Zebre in Italy.last_img