CTO Corner

The CTO Corner provides a snapshot of activity, studies, and staff of the Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office.

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CTO Staff Supporting Our Community 

We want to acknowledge and thank CTO staff who give their time and resources to support families in our community.  Several members of the CTO staff recently spent time preparing meals and sandwiches for the guests and staff of Kathy's House and the Ronald McDonald House, both of which provide lodging, meals, and resources for out of town families with a loved one at Froedtert or Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.  

Irene Schelman, the volunteer coordinator for Kathy's House, recently sent this thank-you to the staff who volunteered in February.  

On behalf of the guests and staff at Kathy's House, I would like to thank you and your colleagues for preparing and serving a meal at Kathy's House.  As usual, the guests raided the frig and enjoyed the leftovers.  As you are well aware, these guests are going through some of the most challenging times in their lives and so appreciate the kindness and concern of the volunteers. 

I also need to thank you for all of your dedication helping to beat cancer.  As I mentioned to you, I just know that my husband would not be alive if it won't for a clinical trial.  And it is my belief that cancer can be a blessing- I no longer take him for granted and a lot of things that were important no longer are.  We just make every day count and spend quality time for our family.  You are  making a huge contribution- how much better can it get.  Thank you.
I hope you had a heartwarming experience and come back.
Many Blessings,


Staff are in the process of signing up for additional volunteer opportunities at Kathy's House in March and April.  If you are interested, please contact Kim Harris at kiharris@mcw.edu.  

Upcoming Events

  • February 26th, 2014 SoCRA Chapter Meeting, Aurora Location 
  • March 11, 2014 HWPP Conference, Working Together to Make it Better: Communities, Academics & IRBs, UWM Grand Avenue location. 

In the News

CTO and TRU Staff on Featured Story Box on InfoScope 

Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU) Celebrates 100th Patient Visit

On Thursday, November 7th, the nurses, coordinators and pharmacists who support the Translational Research Unit celebrated their 100th patient visit.

James Thomas, MD, PhD, the Cancer Center’s Associate Director for Translational Research, and the medical director of the TRU, talks about this important milestone. "The patients we work with in the TRU are cancer researchers, just as much as our investigators and clinicians. They are participating in protocols and trials that are being tested in human beings for the very first time, and their bravery and commitment are an inspiration to all of us."

Opened in October 2013, the Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit is located in the Froedtert & Medical College Clinical Cancer Center.  The TRU is a space devoted to early-phase investigator initiated cancer research trials, one of only a few in the nation with the capability to conduct early phase cancer clinical trials in dedicated space with experienced research staff.

The TRU was built to accommodate novel “first in man” cancer treatments and support pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic research.  For researchers and clinicians at the Medical College of Wisconsin, the TRU is a powerful tool in translating laboratory research into patient care.

The TRU is a collaborative effort of the Clinical Cancer Center and the CTO. The unit improves communication between patients, the treating staff and CTO research professionals in a state of the art facility that promotes and supports early phase trials. The new facility attracts increased interest from industry partners for the co-development of phase I trials, and the philanthropy developed to support this unit will also fund additional early phase trials from MCW investigators.

Froedtert & the Medical College currently participate in nearly 400 clinical trials, more than any other health care system in eastern Wisconsin.

Do you have a story or information for the CTO Corner?  Please contact Anne Quimby Mathias at amathias@mcw.edu. 




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