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    Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse to endow professorship, laboratory for breast cancer research

    The Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse, Inc. (WBCS) has announced the establishment of both an endowed professorship and a research laboratory in breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. A nationally-recognized scientist, who is being actively recruited, will conduct research at the Medical College’s newly-named The WBCS Laboratory for Breast Cancer Research. The scientist will hold The WBCS Professorship of Breast Cancer Research.

    Initial funding for both the professorship and the laboratory came from WBCS funds beginning in 1999. It grew from funds donated over and above annual research awards for early-stage breast and prostate cancer research. Since its inception, WBCS has donated more than $4.1 million to the Medical College. An additional $12 million has been awarded to researchers supported by WBCS as a direct result of the venture capital received from the organization.

    "The Medical College has been fortunate to have the WBCS’ unwavering support since its inception, and this endowment offers novel opportunities to research new prevention, treatments and improvements in the care of cancer patients," said John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, President and CEO of the Medical College. "We are grateful for this generous gift and the WBCS’ continued commitment to early-stage research."

    The Director of the Medical College Cancer Center, Ming You, MD, PhD, the Joseph F. Heil Professor in Molecular Oncogenesis, senior associate dean for cancer research, education and clinical care, and professor of pharmacology and toxicology, will play a key role in recruiting the WBCS professor.

    WBCS is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that solicits corporate and individual support for major gifts and events it holds to raise research dollars. For more information, go to: www.breastcancershowhouse.org