Michael Rauh believes the best approach to health research is to acquire insights from patients, and then to explore those insights in the laboratory. That's why he's enrolled in a combined MD/PhD program at UBC to become a clinician-scientist. Rauh's research focuses on the molecular pathways that lead to the development of cancer cells. His particular interest involves the SHIP gene and its possible use as a therapeutic target in the treatment and prevention of leukemia and other diseases such as osteoporosis. Rauh is investigating whether SHIP can inhibit development of the diseases by preventing inappropriate cell growth. The research will contribute to his ultimate goal of learning how to identify cancer at its earliest, most treatable stages to enable more effective preventative strategies.