Director's Update, April 2013
Pediatric Cancer Research, Cancer Research Awards, Scientific Retreat
Welcome to the April 2013 edition of the Director's Update. In this issue, I am pleased to highlight our outstanding pediatric cancer research programs, investigators, and clinicians. MCW's pediatric cancer research programs represent some of the strongest science at the institution, with a long history of success and innovation. This knowledge and experience impacts all cancer research efforts at MCW.
The pediatric CTO is a centralized model of support that leverages the team's expertise and specialized skills in trial coordination, processes and procedures, regulatory requirements, and documentation and tracking. This allows pediatric cancer investigators to focus on the patient, their science, and on initiating more trials.
Dr. Timothy Ley, a pioneering investigator in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and cancer genomics, presented “The AML Genome” at the MCW Cancer Center Seminar Series on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013. The presentation, held in Kerrigan Auditorium, was extremely well attended; with approximately 200 people on-hand for the talk. In addition to MCW faculty, staff and students, there were several AML patients in the audience.
Cancer Research Grant Awards
Ann Nattinger, MD, MPH, who leads the Cancer Center's Population Sciences program, has received two new peer-reviewed awards supporting projects in Socio-Economic disparities and breast cancer. The first award is an NCI R01, Mechanisms Underlying SES Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality. Dr. Nattinger and Dr. Liliana Pezzin are the Principal Investigators on this award. Dr. Nattinger is also the Principal Investigator on an award from the National American Cancer Society, Explaining SES Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes.
The first annual Cancer Center Scientific Retreat is on Friday, May 3rd, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. Breakfast and a hot buffet lunch will be provided, so all attendees must register for this event. The focus of this year’s retreat is cancer disparities research and community outreach. Edward E. Partridge, MD, is the key-note speaker.
Wisconsinites Support Cancer Reach with State Tax Check-Off Program
With April 15 just around the corner, Wisconsinites filing state income tax returns have an easy way to support cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. 2012 Wisconsin State Tax Forms 1, 1A, WI-Z, and 1NPR include a section for taxpayers to designate any dollar amount to cancer research. That amount is either subtracted from the refund or added to taxes owed. All funds raised through the State of Wisconsin Cancer Check-Off Program are distributed evenly between the state's two medical colleges.
The Bioenergetics Shared Resource is hosting a workshop on Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. This event is hosted by the MCW Cancer Center, and is open to anyone wishing to learn more about metabolism research. Researchers from MCW and other institutions are encouraged to attend. Registration and breakfast starts at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will also be provided for all registered attendees. Please complete the registration form here.