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ACTION Program News and Publications

On this page, you can keep up with all the latest news and publications from the Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) Program. Find the latest articles and Talking FACS podcasts with Nathan L. Vanderford, PhD, MBA below.

For more information, visit the About page to learn more about the program's goals, plan, outreach efforts and more, as well as additional pages for information on the ACTION Program itself and its cohorts.

  • The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia Podcasts

    In addition to the book The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia, the ACTION Program is releasing an accompanying podcast. This podcast features the student authors of the book, with each episode diving deeper into their story about their experiences with cancer.

    You can visit the podcast home on Podbean or choose from one of the available episodes in the playlist below.

  • Publications

    Find ACTION Program published works below.

    ACTION Publications

    *ACTION students; #ACTION personnel


    Vanderford NL#, Hudson L and Prichard C# (Editors). The Cancer Crisis in Appalachia: Kentucky Students Take ACTION. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2020 (April 7). Print ISBN: 9781950690039.

    Journal articles

    Al-Attar A, Presnell SR, Clasey JL, Long DE, Walton RG, Sexton M*, Starr ME, Kern PA, Peterson CA, Lutz CT. Human Body Composition and Immunity: Visceral Adipose Tissue Produces IL-15 and Muscle Strength Inversely Correlates with NK Cell Function in Elderly Humans. Front Immunol 9:440, 2018. PMCID: PMC5845694

    Stevens PD, Wen YA, Xiong X, Zaytseva YY, Li AT, Wang C, Stevens AT, Farmer TN*, Gan T, Weiss HL, Inagaki M, Marchetto S, Borg JP, Gao T. Erbin Suppresses KSR1-Mediated RAS/RAF Signaling and Tumorigenesis in Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Res 78:4839-4852, 2018. PMCID: PMC6510240

    Noel L, Phillips F, Tossas-Milligan K, Spear K, Vanderford NL#, Winn RA, Vanderpool RC, Eckhardt SG. Community-Academic Partnerships: Approaches to Engagement. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book 39:88-95, 2019. PMCID: PMC6543849

    Dicken H*, Hensley PJ, Kyprianou N. Prostate tumor neuroendocrine differentiation via EMT: The road less traveled. Asian J Urol 6:82-90, 2019. PMCID: PMC6363600

    Hensley PJ, Cao Z, Pu H, Dicken H*, He D, Zhou Z, Wang C, Koochekpour S, Kyprianou N. Predictive and targeting value of IGFBP-3 in therapeutically resistant prostate cancer. Am J Clin Exp Urol 7:188-202, 2019. PMCID: PMC6627542

    Puleo GE, Borger TN, Montgomery D*, Rivera Rivera JN, Burris JL. A Qualitative Study of Smoking-Related Causal Attributions and Risk Perceptions in Cervical Cancer Survivors. Psychooncology 29:500-506, 2020. PMCID: PMC7054153

    Hudson L, Samons KM*, Dicken HE*, Prichard C#, Weiss LT, Edward J, Vanderpool RC, Vanderford NL#. A Brief Educational Intervention Enhances Basic Cancer Literacy Among Kentucky Middle and High School Students. J Cancer Educ 2020. PMCID: PMC7388006

    Vanderford NL#. The Transformative Power of Teaching and Learning. Acad Med 95:144, 2020. PMCID: PMC7385993

    Presnell SR, Spear HK, Durham J, Riddle T*, Applegate A, Lutz CT. Differential Fuel Requirements of Human NK Cells and Human CD8 T Cells: Glutamine Regulates Glucose Uptake in Strongly Activated CD8 T Cells. Immunohorizons 4:231-244, 2020.

    Gan T, Stevens AT, Xiong X, Wen YA, Farmer TN*, Li AT, Stevens PD, Golshani S, Weiss HL, Mark Evers B, Gao T. Inhibition of protein tyrosine phosphatase receptor type F suppresses Wnt signaling in colorectal cancer. Oncogene 39:6789-6801, 2020. PMCID: PMC7606795

    Xiong X, Wen YA, Fairchild R*, Zaytseva YY, Weiss HL, Evers BM, Gao T. Upregulation of CPT1A is essential for the tumor-promoting effect of adipocytes in colon cancer. Cell Death Dis 11:736, 2020. PMCID: PMC7484798

    Hudson L, Prichard C#, Weiss T, Vanderford NL#. Evidence for Cancer Literacy Knowledge Retention among Kentucky Middle and High School Students after a Brief Educational Intervention. Southern Medical Journal 113:541-548, 2020.