Next on Health Link: Targeted Therapies

Watch Thursday, December 17 at 7:30pm on WMHT TV

Rather than one size fits all treatment for life threatening diseases, science is developing therapies specific to your condition. Some of that pioneering research is happening here in the capital region. On Health Link we examine the exciting field of targeted therapy. From using neural stem cells to develop therapies for eye, brain and spinal cord disorders to individualized treatment for cancer, without the toxic side effects. 


Jeffrey Ross, MD
Dr. Jeffrey Ross is the Medical Director of Foundation Medicine in Cambridge Massachusetts.  Dr. Ross is a leader in the field of molecular diagnostics, having received a number of academic awards, been awarded three patents and authored more than 600 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts, four textbooks and numerous book chapters in the fields of pathology, molecular diagnostics, oncology and translational cancer research.  Dr. Ross is the Cyrus Strong Merrill Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Albany Medical College, where he directs an extramurally funded research laboratory in molecular pathology.

Ira L. Zackon, MD
Dr. Ira Zackon specializes in Medical Oncology and Hematology and is Director of the NYOH Stem Cell Transplant Program.

Gary Vogt
Gary Vogt was diagnosed with myelofibrosis in 2014. He has had success with targeted therapy and shares his story.

Lori Sames
Lori Sames is the CEO and Co-Founder Hannah's Hope Fund. Lori’s daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with Giant Axonal Neuropathy (GAN) in March of 2008. From that moment forward her life has been dedicated to a treatment and cure of GAN, and making lasting memories for her family. 

Sally Temple, PhD
Dr. Sally Temple is the co-Founder, Principal Investigator and Scientific Director of the Neural Stem Cell Institute located in Rensselaer, NY. Dr. Temple leads a team of 30 researchers focused on using neural stem cells to develop therapies for eye, brain and spinal cord disorders. Dr. Temple is recipient of many prestigious awards including the Jacob Javitz Merit award from NIH (2003) as well as the MacArthur fellowship Award (2008) in recognition of her contributions to neural stem cell developmental biology.


National Cancer Institute (NCI)

American Cancer Society




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