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Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing on July 14 to benefit MCW cancer research

April 24 - The ninth annual Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing will take place Monday, July 14, at the Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.

Rock concert on May 10 to benefit MCW cancer research

April 22 - On Saturday, May 10, Shattered, a Rolling Stones tribute band, and Substitute, a tribute to The Who, will perform in a concert to benefit cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Tickets are $10, payable at the door the night of the event. Guests must be 21 years of age or older or accompanied by a legal guardian. The concert will take place at Shank Hall in Milwaukee.

Dr. Colleen Lawton represents national organization at ESTRO 33 meeting in Vienna, Austria

April 15 - In her role as Chairman of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), Colleen Lawton, MD, presented a Best of ASTRO symposium at the ESTRO 33 (European Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology) Conference held in Vienna, Austria, on April 4-8.

Nationally renowned cancer disparities researcher Dr. Terrance Albrecht to speak on campus April 17

April 08 - The Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center is hosting a special talk by Teri Albrecht, PhD, on Thursday, April 17, from 3-4 p.m. in the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Auditorium. Dr. Albrecht, who is Associate Center Director for Population Sciences and Leader of the Population Studies and Disparities Research Program at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, will give a presentation titled, Reducing Cancer Health Disparities through Community-Engaged Research.

Dr. Beth Erickson receives Ulrich Henschke Award from American Brachytherapy Society

April 08 - Beth Erickson, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology, received the Ulrich Henschke Award at the 2014 American Brachytherapy Society (ABS) annual meeting in San Diego. The Ulrich Henschke Award is the highest honor the American Brachytherapy Society can bestow on a practitioner of brachytherapy, awarded for contributions to the field of brachytherapy, the radiation therapy community, and to the ABS.

NIH Awards Dr. Medhora Two Grants to Predict and Mitigate Injuries from Radiation Exposure

Apr 8 - Meetha Medhora, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts – Lowell were awarded two NIH grants totaling nearly $930,000 to develop ways to predict and mitigate injuries resulting from radiation exposure. UMass Lowell

Dr. Stucky and Scripps Colleagues Identify Factors Creating Sensation of Touch

Apr 8 - Cheryl Stucky, PhD, and collaborators at the Scripps Research Institute published a study in Nature that identified a dual-sensor system involving the Merkel cell and an associated nerve end that contribute to the touch sensation. Medical Express

Governor Walker signs Cancer Treatment Fairness Act at Clinical Cancer Center

April 07 - On Thursday, April 4, with more than 300 patients, advocates, and members of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin communities in attendance at the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, Governor Scott Walker signed the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act, Senate Bill 300, into law.

Deadline extended to submit posters for the June 6 MCW Cancer Center scientific retreat

April 07 - The MCW Cancer Center 2014 Scientific Retreat will focus on creating connections and partnerships that promote translational research. Cancer biologist Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, is the keynote speaker for the event, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6, 2014, at American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee.

Governor Walker Signs Oral Chemotherapy Bill

Apr 7 - Governor Scott Walker signed into law that requires insurance companies to provide the same type of coverage to oral chemotherapies as traditional chemotherapies delivered intravenously. Fox 6 News

Waukesha 10-Year-Old Raises Funds for Cancer Center in His Grandfather’s Memory

Apr 3 - Waukesha Now published a feature article on 10-year-old Jacob Sharp who raised $330 for the MCW Cancer Center in his grandfather’s memory. WaukeshaNOW

Dr. Ludwig Discusses Incidence of Colorectal Cancer

Apr 3 - March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Fox 6 News & Living Lake Country

Dr. Field Contributes to WUWM-FM Report on the Quality of Patient Care

Apr 3 - Dr. Joshua Field contributes to a WUWM-FM news story on the quality of care in Wisconsin hospitals. WUWM-FM

Wine dinner at The Capital Grille to benefit Medical College Cancer Center

April 02 -The Capital Grille in Milwaukee will host a wine dinner Sunday, April 27, to benefit cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center and the Peter K. Antaramian Fund for Cancer Research at MCW.

Laughing for a Cure event on April 25 to raise funds for abdominal cancer research

Mar. 31 - The second annual Laughing for a Cure will be held Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. at Milwaukee’s Comedy Café, 615 E. Brady Street. Proceeds from the event, which will include three live comics, will go to the Sebastian Raclaw Abdominal Cancer Research Fund at the Medical College of Wisconsin, which supports innovative abdominal cancer research.

Milwaukee Woman Spreads Awareness About Colon Cancer

Mar 28 - Fox 6 profiled a local women who battled colon cancer five years ago, and is now an advocate for colorectal cancer awareness. Fox 6 News

Bon-Ton Stores Raise $375,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Mar 26 - The Concord (NH) Monitor reports that Bon-Ton Stores nationwide (Boston Store in Wisconsin) raised $375,000 through its annual Charge Against Breast Cancer campaign. Concord Monitor

Amended Bill Passes Wisconsin Assembly

Mar 26 - The Wisconsin Assembly passed an amended bill that would require health insurance companies to cover oral chemotherapy. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Hari Explains Benefits of Oral Chemotherapy

Mar 26 - Dr. Parameswaran Hari told ABC-TV/Channel 12 that oral chemotherapy can better target cancer over time and fight it better than an intravenous treatment. WISN-TV

Oconomowoc Man Defeats Colon Cancer

Mar 25 - The Oconomowoc Focus profiled a local man who was treated for colon cancer at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin. Oconomowoc Focus

Dr. Mary Horowitz presented Lifetime Achievement Award for Blood and Marrow Transplant Research

Mar. 25 - Mary Horowitz, MD, MS, the Robert A. Uihlein, Jr. Chair in Hematologic Research, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Hematology and Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was presented with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) at the organization’s annual meeting.

Late alumnus founds patient library in Clinical Cancer Center

A gift from the estate of Myron B. Minko, MD ’76, has been used to create a new library and resource center in the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center.

Alumna Profile-Linda Resar

Dr. Linda Resar, a faculty member at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been studying high mobility group genes for two decades. Her passion for research began nearly 30 years ago at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Anatomage makes virtual dissection a reality

To complement the traditional anatomy experience, MCW acquired a state-of-the-art Anatomage Table last year. With a high resolution, life-size touchscreen, the technology offers students, residents and faculty the ability to view the human body from countless viewpoints and cross sections to further their understanding through virtual dissection.

Rarely-Used Procedure Thwarts Wisconsin Senate Vote on Oral Chemotherapy Legislation

Mar 18 - Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald employed a rarely-used procedure to avoid a Senate vote on a bill that would require health insurance coverage for oral chemotherapy medications. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Thomas Discusses Importance of Colon Cancer Screening

Mar 18 - Dr. James Thomas discusses the importance of colon cancer screening with the Waukesha Freeman. Greater Milwaukee Today

Dr. Jacobsohn Provides Background Information on Prostate Cancer

Mar 18 - Dr. Kenneth Jacobsohn provides background information on prostate cancer for an ABC-TV/Channel 12 report on Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas’ announcement that he is being treated for the disease. WISN-TV

Dr. Campbell Expresses Concern over Unknown Risks of Electronic Cigarettes

Mar 18 - Dr. Bruce Campbell notes that there are still too many unknowns about the side effects and risks of exposure to carcinogens posed by electronic cigarettes. Today's TMJ4

Inspirational 10-year-old's donation to the MCW Cancer Center

March 19 - Jacob Sharp is not your ordinary 10-year-old boy. Not only does this Cub Scout give his extra birthday money to help other kids in need, but on Friday, Feb. 28, Jacob and his family arrived at the MCW Cancer Center with a check to support cancer research. “To remember my grandpa, I wanted to do something to make a difference and help other people facing cancer,” said Jacob.

Journal Sentinel Reporter Earns Health Care Journalists’ Award for Gross Anatomy Series

Mar 18 - The Association of Health Care Journalists awarded Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Mark Johnson the third place award in the consumer/feature category for “The Course of Their Lives,” the newspaper’s multi-part series that followed a group of MCW M-1 students through their gross anatomy course. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rock River Cancer Research Foundation awards $75,000 to MCW investigator

Mar. 13 - The Rock River Cancer Research Foundation will award $75,000 to a Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) breast cancer scientist to fund her research.

Polar Plunge Cancer Fundraising Event Memorializes Froedtert Employee

Mar 11 - “Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research,” was held on March 8 at Nagawicka Lake in Hartland. WauwatosaNOW

Research training program in vision science receives continued federal support

Mar. 11 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Eye Institute to continue support for a research training program in vision science. The program has been continuously funded by the NIH since 2002.

Dr. Browning Discusses Fond du Lac Infant’s Battle against Adrenal Cancer

Mar 11 - Dr. Meghen Browning discusses a Fond du Lac infant’s battle against adrenocortical carcinoma. Post Crescent

Dr. Besharse Receives $1.1 Million NIH Renewal Grant for Research Training Program in Vision

Mar 11 - Joseph Besharse, PhD, received a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the National Eye Institute to continue support for a research training program in vision science. BizTimes

Ellen’s Icebreaker Polar Plunge to benefit cancer research

Mar. 07 - Brave souls will take the plunge to support cancer research this Saturday morning at Nagawicka Lake in Hartland. “Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research” kicks off at 11 a.m. March 8. The event is held in memory of Ellen Smith, a Froedtert Hospital employee who died from gastric cancer last fall at the age of 59.

Women for MACC Host PastaFest Fundraising Event

Mar 5 - Women for MACC discuss their PastaFest fundraising event on NBC-TV/Channel 4’s “Morning Blend.” The Morning Blend (Today's TMJ4)

MCW Cancer Center 2014 Scientific Retreat scheduled for June 6

Mar. 06 - The MCW Cancer Center 2014 Scientific Retreat will focus on creating connections and partnerships that promote translational research. Cancer biologist Dafna Bar-Sagi, PhD, is the keynote speaker for the event, which will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 6, 2014, at American Serb Hall, 5101 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee.

Wearable Art Show in Cedarburg to benefit MCW breast cancer research

Mar. 06 - The 17th Wearable Art Show, organized by the Cedarburg Junior Woman's Club, will be held March 28 and 29 at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, W62 N546 Washington Avenue, Cedarburg. All of the events are open to the public. Proceeds benefit breast cancer education, prevention, research and treatment. To date, this organization has donated $18,500 for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Mary Horowitz, MD, MS receives 2014 ASBMT Lifetime Achievement Award

Mar. 05 - By virtue of a unanimous decision from the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) Executive Committee, Mary Horowitz, MD, MS, was presented with the 2014 ASBMT Lifetime Achievement Award during the ASBMT Awards and Business Meeting on Feb. 28, 2014. Dr. Horowitz is the Robert A. Uihlein, Jr. Chair in Hematologic Research, Professor of Medicine and Chief of Hematology and Oncology. She serves as Chief Scientific Director of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR).

Cocaine Use Doesn’t Raise Inpatient Heart Attack Mortality Rate

Feb 27 - Navdeep Gupta, MD, studied the connection between myocardial infarction deaths in hospitals and cocaine use, and found that use of the drug did not impact mortality rates. HealthDay News

History of 2014 Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Mansion Detailed

Feb 25 - Urban Milwaukee details the history of the Randy Bryant and Cecilia Gore mansion on Milwaukee’s East Side, built in 1901. Urban Milwaukee

Cyclists Ride Stationary Bikes to Raise Funds for Cancer Center

Feb 25 - The 14th annual Ridin’ for Research event will be held March 2 at the Rite-Hite Family YMCA in Brown Deer. Hundreds of cyclists will ride stationary bikes in the event to raise funds for the MCW Cancer Center. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Ebert Receives Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy Grant

Feb 25 - Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy announced that Allison Ebert, PhD, is one of eight scientists worldwide who will share in $600,000 in basic science research awards to study the disorder. Families of SMA

Dr. Harker-Murray Discusses Advances in Treating Metastatic Melanoma

Feb 25 - Dr. Amy Harker-Murray discusses the advances made in treating metastatic melanoma in a Fox-TV/Channel 6 report on the increased incidence of melanoma among women in their 20s. Fox 6 News

Dr. Duncan Provides Comment on New Process to Shortcut Skin-to-Liver Cell Reprogramming

Feb 25 - Stephen Duncan, PhD, provides expert comment in The Scientist on a research study reported in Nature that researchers at University of California San Francisco have adapted a reprogramming technique that speeds the process of converting skin cells to liver cells. The Scientist

Bergstrom Automotive continues support of MCW Cancer Center through its Drive for a Cure event

Feb. 25 - Guests of Bergstrom Automotive in Appleton, Wis., had the opportunity this summer to raise money for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin while test driving some unique vehicles. Bergstrom’s annual Drive for a Cure set a record for funds raised in 2013, contributing nearly $56,000 to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Ellen’s Icebreaker Polar Plunge on March 8 to benefit cancer research

Feb. 25 - Brave souls are invited to plunge into Nagawicka Lake on Saturday, March 8, at 11 a.m., as part of “Ellen’s Icebreaker for Cancer Research.” The event is held in memory of Ellen Smith, a beloved Froedtert Hospital employee who died of gastric cancer last fall at the age of 59.

Medical College among State Health Organizations Backing Oral Chemotherapy Bill

Feb 18 - A front-page article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that MCW and Aurora Health Care are among Wisconsin health care organizations that support legislation that would require health insurance companies to cover costs for oral chemotherapy medications used in place of infusion therapy. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Brandow Receives American Society of Hematology’s 2014 Scholar Award

Feb 18 - Dr. Amanda Brandow received the American Society of Hematology’s 2014 Scholar Award. Dr. Brandow will receive $150,000 over a three- year period for her research into sickle cell disease. WauwatosaNOW

Cancer patient, family form Triumph Fund to help MCW expand cancer clinical trials

Feb. 18 - It didn’t take long for John Hovel to transition from cancer patient to cancer research advocate as his health improved through treatment at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). With his wife and daughters, he has established The Triumph Fund, which is leading a charge to raise funds to support cancer clinical trials at the MCW Cancer Center.

Oncology nurse practitioners write award-winning book

Feb. 18 - Two pediatric oncology nurse practitioners at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin edited and helped author an award-winning book entitled, Telephone Triage: A Professional Resource for Pediatric Hematology Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant Nurses. The book was named a gold award winner in the book/manual/catalogue category of the 2013 Association TRENDS All Media Contest.

Women in Their 20’s Increasingly at Risk for Melanoma Skin Cancer

Feb 17 - Amy Harker-Murray, MD, discusses the warning signs of melanoma, and the groups most at risk of developing skin cancer, in a story that aired on WITI-TV. Fox 6 News

Sickle cell specialist wins national hematology award

Feb. 14 - Amanda Brandow, DO, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology and Oncology) at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and an investigator at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Institute, is a recipient of the American Society of Hematology’s 2014 Scholar Award.

Dr. Arce-Lara to Discuss Cancers Impacting Black Women at Kenosha Event

Feb 12 - Dr. Carlos Arce-Lara will discuss cancers that significantly impact black women at a free community event in Kenosha on February 18. The Journal Times

WBCS donations to Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center surpass $5 million

Feb. 12 - With its latest donation of $350,000, the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse has raised its cumulative contributions to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center to $5.1 million, but the impact of the organization’s support is beyond measure.

Researchers Find Two Distinct Patterns of Genetic Alteration in Invasive Bladder Cancer

Feb 6 - MCW researchers are co-authors of a Roswell Park Cancer Institute-led study reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that found that invasive bladder cancers demonstrate two distinct patterns of genetic alteration, one of which may result from defects in cells' ability to replicate. Medical News Today

Registration now open for Ridin’ for Research Spin-a-thon Cancer Center benefit

Jan. 21 - Indoor cycling (“spinning”) enthusiasts can now register for the 14th annual Ridin’ for Research fundraiser, which will take place Sunday, March 2, at the Rite-Hite Family YMCA in Brown Deer. Interested people are encouraged to register soon because this popular event, which benefits the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, often sells out.

Family’s Struggle with Uterine Cancer Leads to Creation of Cancer Research Fundraising Event

Jan 21 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 prepared a feature report on the Ellenbecker family’s struggle with uterine cancer and the creation of the Strikes for Hope charity bowling event. Fox 6 News

Strikes for Hope Bowling Event Raises Funds for Cancer Research

Jan 20 - A bowling outing to raise funds for the MCW Cancer Center was featured on WITI-TV. WITI-TV

Recent legislative advocacy efforts by MCW faculty members

Dec. 03 - 2013 has been a busy year for everyone at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and the last month has been no exception for MCW’s Office of Government & Community Relations (GCR). The entire GCR team would like to take this opportunity to highlight the following MCW faculty members for their outstanding legislative advocacy efforts

Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament Supports Cancer Research

Jan 13 - The sixth annual Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament will be held on January 18 in Menomonee Falls. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Thakar Discusses Clinical Trial Funded by Pablove Foundation

Jan 13 - Dr. Monica Thakar discusses a promising clinical trial made possible by the Pablove Foundation in an OnMilwaukee.com article profiling Jo Ann Thrailkill, co-founder of the Pablove Foundation. OnMilwaukee.com

Dr. Hohenwalter Discusses Use of TheraSphere to Treat Liver Cancer

Jan 13 - Dr. Eric Hohenwalter discusses the use of TheraSphere to treat liver cancer on Fox-TV/Channel 6. Fox 6 News

Dr. Johnstone Comments on Study on Gender Differences in Mild Coronary Artery Disease

Jan 10 - Dr. Candice Johnstone provides expert comment to Family Practice News on a study reported at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America that found that the mild coronary artery disease differences between men and women are not as great as earlier identified. Family Practice News

Dr. Hohenwalter Discusses Use of TheraSphere to Treat Liver Cancer

Jan 10 - Dr. Eric Hohenwalter discusses the use of TheraSphere to treat liver cancer. NewsmaxHealth

Pink Tie Gala on Feb. 8 to benefit WBCS and MCW Cancer Center

Jan. 09 - The fifth annual Pink Tie Gala will be held Saturday, Feb. 8, at the Delafield Hotel, 415 Genesee Street, Delafield. The event is hosted by the Delafield Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with WBCS, Inc., and proceeds will benefit breast cancer research at the MCW Cancer Center.

Dr. Duncan Discusses the Significance of Lab-Grown Organ Buds

Jan 7 - The Scientist identified lab-grown organ buds, also called organoids, as one of the major advances in the life sciences in 2013. The Scientist

Dr. Ellen Velie Named to Hold Joan A. Van Deuren Chair in Breast Cancer Research

Jan 7 - Cancer researcher Ellen Velie, PhD, MPH, has been named to a joint appointment between MCW and UWM. At MCW, she will serve as the Joan A. Van Deuren Professor in Breast Cancer Research. WauwatosaNOW

Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament on Jan. 18 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Jan. 03 - The sixth annual Strikes for Hope Charity Bowling Tournament will be held Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Classic Lanes in Menomonee Falls. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center for cancer research. The deadline to register is Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Physicians Awarded CTSI Grant to Manage Sickle Cell Disease

Dec 27 - The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin awarded a $25,000 grant to Dr. Joshua Field to develop a new management protocol for sickle cell disease patients, with the end goal being reduced hospital readmission rates. WauwatosaNOW

Northwestern Mutual Donates $2 Million to Create Day Hospital for Cancer Patients

Dec 27 - The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $2 million to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to create the Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Children with cancer receive $2 million boost

Dec. 19 - Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin has received a $2 million gift from the Northwestern Mutual Foundation to support children with cancer and blood disorders. The Northwestern Mutual Day Hospital for Childhood Cancer, within the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital, will provide outpatient treatment for children with cancer and blood disorders.

Editorial Quotes Dr. Scott in Quest for Public Reporting on Screening Test Efficiency

Dec 18 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial endorses a decision by the Wisconsin Department of Health to provide Wisconsin hospitals with monthly reports on how well they are performing on processing newborn screening blood samples. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

$1 Million Donation Supports Cancer Center’s Translational Research Unit

Dec 18 - The Nicholas Family Foundation donated $1 million to the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center. Nursing

Dr. Scott Supports Plan to Report Hospital Performance on Newborn Screening Metrics

Dec 11 - Dr. J. Paul Scott endorses a new Wisconsin plan to issue monthly quality assurance reports to hospitals on how they perform in newborn screening metrics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Lawton Issues Statement on Increase of Self-Referrals to Urologist-Owned IMRT Facilities

Nov 26 - A New England Journal of Medicine “Special Article” identifies a 19.2 percent increase from 2005 to 2010 in the use of intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) for prostate cancer patients by urologists who self-refer to their own in-office IMRT centers. Oncology Times

Rare Rotationplasty Surgery Provides Child with New Knee Joint

Nov 26 - NBC-TV/Channel 4 reports on a rare rotationplasty procedure surgery performed by Dr. John C. Neilson with colleagues at Froedtert and Children’s. 620WTMJ News Radio

Dr. Wilson to Receive Gold Medal from Radiological Society of North America

Nov 26 - Dr. J. Frank Wilson will be presented a Gold Medal Award from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), the society’s highest honor. RSNA has 51,000 members from 136 countries. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Wilcox Successfully Treats Hemophilia in Dogs using Gene Therapy

Nov 26 - The British Broadcast Company is among news organizations worldwide reporting on David Wilcox’s, PhD, successful treatment of hemophilia in dogs using gene therapy. BBC News

By teaching, alumni can volunteer their wisdom for next generation

Alumni who participate in medical education as volunteer clinical faculty members give students practical, life lessons to complement the science. Alumnus Dr. Mark Harlow returns to Milwaukee from South Dakota every year to teach and encourages other alumni to consider giving the gift of wisdom to the next generation.

Gene Therapy Successfully Treats Hemophilia in Dogs

Nov 20 - Dogs with hemophilia, a bleeding disorder, were successfully treated by gene therapy. BBC

Benefit Concerts Support MCW Cancer Center

Nov 19 - Benefit concerts raises raising funds for the MCW Cancer Center. Fox 6 News

Dr. Kilari Discusses Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment Options

Nov 19 - Dr. Deepak Kilari discusses prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment options on WTMJ-AM. WTMJ-AM

Dr. Carroll Named Richard O. Schultz MD/Ruth Works Professor in Ophthalmology Research

Nov 19 - MCW named Joseph J. Carroll, PhD, as the Richard O. Schultz MD/Ruth Works Professor in Ophthalmology Research. WauwatosaNOW

Postdoctoral Fellow Identifies Gene Responsible for Warburg Micro Syndrome

Nov 19 - MCW Postdoctoral Fellow Ryan Liegel, PhD, co-authored a study with a colleague from the University of Edinburgh in the American Journal of Human Genetics that identified a gene responsible for Warburg Micro syndrome, a rare genetic disease characterized by eye, brain and endocrine abnormalities. Science Daily

New genetic cause of Warburg Micro Syndrome identified

Nov. 18 - A collaborative team of researchers led by researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the University of Edinburgh has identified a gene responsible for Warburg Micro syndrome, a rare genetic disease characterized by eye, brain and endocrine abnormalities. Patients with Warburg Micro syndrome are severely physically and mentally challenged, unable to learn how to walk or speak and become blind and paralyzed from an early age.

Dr. Hari Provides Background Information on Amyloidosis

Nov 12 - Dr. Parameswaran Hari discusses the case of a patient being treated for breast cancer who was discovered to have amyloidosis. He explains that amyloidosis is a potentially life-threatening blood disease. Today's TMJ4

Dr. Erickson Comments on Study on Radiation of Early Breast Cancer

Nov 12 - Dr. Beth Erickson provides an editorial endorsement in The Oncology Report on a study whose findings show that a decade after treatment for early-stage breast cancer, women who underwent surgery and radiation had higher survival rates than women who had surgery alone, with no increase in radiation-related cardiac or secondary cancer deaths. The Oncology Report

Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit celebrates 100th patient

Nov. 13 - On Thursday, Nov. 7, the nurses, coordinators and pharmacists who support the Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU) celebrated its 100th patient.

Graduate Student Receives NIH Grant to Study Science of Diabetes at a Cellular Level

Nov 12 - Megan Detterman received a six-year, $266,000 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study the science of diabetes at a cellular level. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Frank Wilson to receive Gold Medal from prestigious radiological society

Nov. 12 - J. Frank Wilson, MD, Bernard & Miriam Peck Family Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), will be presented a Gold Medal Award from the Radiological Society of North America at the organization’s 99th Scientific assembly and annual meeting in December.

Drs. Munzenmaier and Sidjanin Take Physiology on the Road During “PhUn Week”

Nov 8 - MCW participated in the American Physiological Society’s “Physiology Understanding Week (PhUn Week)” by spending a day with fourth grade students at Milwaukee’s Honey Creek School, teaching them about DNA, proteins and health. WauwatosaNOW

Funds Raised to Create Dr. David A. Margolis Chair in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant

Nov 8 - The Go Bo! Foundation in northeast Wisconsin donated $75,000 to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin toward the creation of the Dr. David A. Margolis Chair in Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant. Doory County Advocate

Dr. Gore Notes Importance of Early Detection of Lung Cancer for Improved Survival Rates

Nov 8 - Dr. Elizabeth Gore discusses a new American Lung Association web-based tool to help individuals determine if they should be screened for lung cancer. Dr. Gore notes that earlier detection leads to improved survival rates. Wisconsin Public Radio

Dr. Hari Discusses Importance of Proposed Cancer Treatment Fairness Act

Nov 8 - Dr. Parameswaran Hari discusses the importance of the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act being considered by the Wisconsin legislature which would require insurers to cover oral chemotherapy treatment in the same way they cover intravenous chemotherapy. Fox 6 News

Local doctor specializes in rare disease

Nov 7 - Parameswaran Hari, MD, MS, appeared on TMJ4 to discuss a rare disease called Amyloidosis. Today's TMJ4

Graduate student’s diabetes research earns federal funding

Nov. 7 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a six-year, $266,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases to study the science of diabetes at a cellular level.

Cancer Treatment Fairness Act looks to eliminate disparity in chemo coverage

Oct 30 - Parameswaran Hari, MD, MS, the Armand Quick – William Stapp Professor of Hematology and director of the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, discussed a proposal that would mandate insurance coverage of oral chemotherapies. WITI-TV

Dr. White to Lecture on BloodCenter’s 65 Years of Service to Wisconsin

Oct 29 - Dr. Gilbert White will lecture on “The BloodCenter of Wisconsin – 65 Years of Servicing the People of Wisconsin” on November 18 at UW-Parkside’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning series for senior citizens. The Journal Times

Cancer Fundraising Event Supports Breast Cancer Research, Patient Care

Oct 29 - The Knocking Out Breast Cancer, Rocking the Runway Against Cancer 2013 event was held on October 20 at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee Courier

Dr. Field Discusses Clinical Trial for Sickle Cell Pain

Oct 29 - Dr. Joshua Field discusses a joint MCW/BloodCenter clinical trial underway at Froedtert to test a new drug that may address pain related to sickle cell disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Win-win: Boston store coupon book saves you money and benefits MCW

Oct. 25 - Packed with valuable coupons, the Bon-Ton (Boston Store) “Community Day” booklet is now available for $5. The booklet contains more than $500 in special in-store and online coupons that can be used at Boston Store on Nov. 15-16, and the entire $5 purchase price benefits the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Dr. Erickson Comments on Study Identifying Side Effect of Sulfasalazine

Oct 22 - Dr. Beth Erickson provides expert comment in the Oncology Report on a study that found that the drug sulfasalazine may worsen severe diarrhea as a complication of pelvic irradiation. Oncology Report

Dr. Semina Receives NIH Grant to Study Genes Associated with Pediatric Cataracts

Oct 22 - Elena V. Semina, PhD, received a two-year, $412,500 grant from the National Eye Institute to study the genes associated with pediatric cataracts. WauwatosaNOW

$1 Million Gift Creates Clinical Cancer Center Translational Research Unit

Oct 22 - The Nicholas Family Foundation donated $1 million to Froedtert to establish a Translational Research Unit in the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center. Milwaukee Business Journal & Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

New Drug Could Ease Pain of Sickle Cell Disease

Oct 22 - Joshua Field, MD, is primary investigator of a clinical trial investigating the use of an existing drug to alleviate the pain of sickle cell disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Pink bun alert: Sobelman’s Burgers hosting breast cancer fundraiser on Oct. 27

Oct. 22 - All day Sunday, Oct. 27, you can enjoy a juicy burger and support breast cancer research at the same time.

Researchers seek best defense against melanoma with help from Ann’s Hope

Oct. 17 - Each donation that Ann’s Hope Foundation has provided to Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center researchers has brought them one step closer to finding a way to halt the growth of a deadly form of skin cancer.

Genetic sequencing to identify causes of pediatric cataracts

Oct. 17 - The Medical College of Wisconsin received a two-year, $412,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Eye Institute to study the genes associated with pediatric cataracts.

Proceeds from Fashion Show Benefit the Breast Cancer Center

Oct 14 - The October 20 “Flippin for a Cure” fashion show at the Milwaukee Art Museum will benefit the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Center. TheMorningBlend.com

Dr. Lawton Comments on Report that Radiation is Overused for Prostate Cancer Treatment

Oct 14 - Dr. Colleen Lawton provides expert comment on a study reported in JAMA that most men given radiation to control pain from advanced prostate cancer undergo more treatments than they really need. DoctorsLounge

Pancreatic cancer research tissue bank serves as tribute to man’s passion for life

Oct. 16 - Ronald Burklund Eich had already survived cancer. It was, in fact, his three-year anniversary of being colon cancer-free when his oncologist noticed an area of concern during Eich’s quarterly follow-up screening in 2011. The spot was on his pancreas.

Translational Research Unit opening soon

Oct. 16 - The Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU), a space devoted to early-phase investigator initiated cancer research trials, will have five dedicated research beds with the ability to expand to 15. The new unit is located in the Froedtert & the Medical College Clinical Cancer Center.

Faculty and staff don their leathers to raise money for cancer research

Oct. 15 - On Sept. 27-28, faculty and staff from the Medical College of Wisconsin participated in the 19th annual Ridin' to a Cure motorcycle ride. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefitted the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation, which supports breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. The event was sponsored by Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter.

Translational Research Unit Opening Soon

Oct 14 - The Nicholas Family Foundation Translational Research Unit (TRU), a space devoted to early-phase investigator initiated cancer research trials, will have five dedicated research beds with the ability to expand to 15. Milwaukee Business Journal

Dr. Chitambar Discusses Research to Prevent Fatigue from Chemotherapy

Oct 14 - As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, WTMJ-AM interviewed Dr. Christopher Chitambar about his research to prevent fatigue caused by chemotherapy. WTMJ-AM

Dr. Malarkannan Receives Grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Oct 14 - Subramaniam Malarkannan, PhD, received a $100,000 grant from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation to study leukemias and lymphomas. BizTimes

$3 Million NIH Grant Awarded to Study Von Willebrand Disease

Oct 14 - Dr. Robert Montgomery received a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to improve diagnostic tools for Von Willebrand Disease. WauwatosaNOW

Researcher to create new tests to identify bleeding disorder

Oct. 10 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to improve the diagnostic tools for Von Willebrand Disease, a commonly diagnosed bleeding disorder that is over-diagnosed in some populations, yet under-diagnosed in others.

Harley Owners Event Raises $154,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Oct 8 - The Rock River Harley Owners Chapter raised $154,000 at their 19th annual Breast Cancer Ride. The event supports the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation, an organization that funded a $1 million endowed chair at MCW. Watertown Daily News

The space-time relativity of intracellular signaling

Oct. 08 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study lymphocytes, the body’s “natural killer” cells, and determine the signaling pathways that elicit disease-fighting responses at a cellular level in the body.

Dr. Shah-Khan Reports on Measurement System to Determine Lymph Node Positivity

Oct 8 - Dr. Miraj Shah-Khan reported that the distance of a breast cancer from a woman’s nipple added to the ability of nomograms to predict sentinel lymph node positivity. Ob.Gyn. News Digital Network

Dr. Brandow Receives $696,000 NIH Grant to Study Pain in Sickle Cell Disease

Oct 8 - Dr. Amanda Brandow received a five-year, $696,000 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study the mechanisms of pain in sickle cell disease. WauwatosaNOW

Get Your Rear in Gear run/walk for colon cancer prevention and research planned for Oct. 12

Oct. 03 - The third annual Get Your Rear in Gear 5K run and walk will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Hart Park in Wauwatosa. The event supports the Medical College of Wisconsin’s programs for colon cancer research, education, prevention and screening. Colon cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States, claiming more than 54,000 lives every year.

‘KISS Cancer Goodbye’ Rock Spectacular on November 16 to Benefit MCW Cancer Research

Oct. 01 - An evening of high energy entertainment from Milwaukee’s KISS tribute band, “Dr. Love,” the regional touring act “Circleswitch” and the acoustic duo “Gabriel v2” will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Rooters Nightclub in Waukesha. A minimum donation of $10 is required for admission to the event, and proceeds from the evening will benefit the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Outpatient Bone Marrow Transplant Program Only One in Milwaukee Area

Sept 30 - An article in M Magazine follows the care provided to a patient with a rare form of lymphoma through the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin outpatient bone marrow transplant program. M Magazine

“Ridin’ for Research” Benefit Supports Breast Cancer Research

Sept 24 - Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter will hold the 19th annual “Ridin’ to a Cure” on September 27 and 28 in Oconomowoc. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Lawton Conducts Question-and-Answer Interview on ASTRO

Sept 24 - DOTmed Business News conducts a question-and-answer interview with Dr. Colleen Lawton (Radiation Oncology). DOTmed Business News

Dr. Walker Notes that Four out of Five Breast Lumps are Benign

Sept 24 - Dr. Alonzo Walker notes that four out of every five breast lumps are benign in an article in Self magazine. Self

Froedtert: Dedication Ceremony Held for Kid-Friendly Radiation Oncology Waiting Room

Sept 17 - Dedication ceremonies were held at Froedtert for a new kid-friendly waiting room in Radiation Oncology. CBS 58 News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, & Today's TMJ4

Dr. Stucky Comments on Study Identifying Nerve Fibers Impacted by Szechuan Peppers

Sept 17 - Cheryl Stucky, PhD, provides expert comment in a Science article on a Japanese study that identified the nerve fibers that create a tingling sensation created by Szechuan peppers. Science

Dr. Foy Comments on Controlling Anemia

Sept 17 - Dr. Patrick Foy provides expert comment on controlling anemia in Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s health column in Everyday Health. Everyday Health

Dr. Yen Receives Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award

Sept 17 - Dr. Tina Yen received the James Ewing Foundation / Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award at the Society’s Annual Cancer Symposium. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Tina Yen wins $100,000 Clinical Investigator Award

Sept. 12 - Tina Yen, MD, MS, a surgical oncologist and Associate Professor of Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), was presented with a James Ewing Foundation/Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award at the Society’s annual Cancer Symposium. The two-year award promotes patient-oriented research conducted by surgical oncologists in clinical and translational science.

Get a jump start on Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Boston Store’s Pink Shop

Sept. 10 - Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., parent company of Boston Store, is opening its annual “Pink Shop” early this year, on Sept. 18, providing additional time to purchase items that benefit breast cancer research. In the past, this promotion has taken place only during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Sporting Clays for a Cure Event to Raise Funds for Pediatric Cancer Research

Sept 9 - The MACC Fund will be the beneficiary of funds raised at the first annual Sporting Clays for a Cure event in Waukesha on September 27. WaukeshaNOW

Cancer Center Joins Elekta Clinical Development Consortium

Sept 9 - In a stock performance report published in the Wall Street Journal, Elekta, a Swedish cancer technology firm, announced that the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center is the fifth member of a clinical development consortium that combines treatments with advanced MRI technology. Wall Street Journal

Lieutenant Governor Discusses Treatment for Colon Cancer

Sept 9 - Rebecca Kleefisch said she did her research before selecting Dr. Kurt Ludwig to treat her for Stage 2 colon cancer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Researchers Develop Software Tool for Cancer Genomics

Sept 4 - MCW researchers report in the American Journal of Human Genetics that they have developed a new bioinformatics software tool designed to more easily identify genetic mutations responsible for cancers. ScienceDaily

Ridin’ to a Cure with the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation

Sept. 04 - Wisconsin Harley-Davidson and the Rock River H.O.G. Chapter will hold the 19th annual “Ridin’ to a Cure” on Sept. 27 and 28 in Oconomowoc. Proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Rock River Cancer Research Foundation, which supports breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Rebecca Kleefisch Settled into Job

Sept 3 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, and discussed her battle with colon cancer during her campaign. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Beads, buttons, and breast cancer research: local company donates $18,000 to MCW

Sept 3 - Kalmbach Publishing Company presented for approximately $18,000 for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) on Aug. 22.

Bergstrom’s Drive for a Cure Raises $55,000 for Cancer Center

Aug 28 - Bergstrom Automotive’s two-day Drive for a Cure fundraiser in the Fox Valley raised $55,747 to support breast cancer research at MCW’s Cancer Center. Appleton Post-Crescent

Bon-Ton Stores Set $500,000 Goal to Support Breast Cancer Research

Aug 27 - MCW’s Cancer Center will be a recipient of funds raised by Bon-Ton Stores (Boston Store) annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month activities in October. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Tracy Wang discusses successful faculty recruitment and retention in AAMC publication

Aug 21 - Tracy S. Wang, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology) and Chief of Endocrine Surgery, contributed an article to the summer issue of GWIMS Watch, a publication of the Association of American Medical College’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science.

Protect the Package© golf outing on Sept. 21 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Aug 20 - The Protect the Package© golf outing will take place on Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Scenic View Golf Course Club in Slinger, Wisconsin, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support basic science research efforts in prostate and other men’s cancers at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Bead & Button Show Raises $18,000 for Breast Cancer Research

Aug 19 - Kalmbach Publishing Company is donating approximately $18,000 to MCW for breast cancer research. WauwatosaNOW

Bowling and burgers to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Aug 19 - The Rock River Cancer Research Foundation is planning two upcoming events to benefit the MCW Cancer Center – a bowling fundraiser on Sunday, Aug. 25, and a $1 donation from every hamburger sold at Sobelmanns Pub ‘n Grill on Friday, Aug. 30.

Beads, buttons, and breast cancer research: local company donates $18,000 to MCW

Aug 13 - Kalmbach Publishing Company will present a check for approximately $18,000 for breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin on Aug. 22.

Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin elevated to full member of Gynecologic Oncology Group

Aug 12 - Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin have been elevated to full membership in the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded cooperative cancer research group. This promotion from provisional membership is due, in part, to a substantial increase in patients enrolled in studies and a very positive GOG audit of our facilities and programs, and allows the Froedtert & The Medical College program to more fully participate in GOG-sponsored clinical trials focused on gynecologic malignancies.

Dr. Field Discusses Challenges of Treating Sickle Cell Disease

Aug 7 - A front-page article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlights the importance of the Sickle Cell Clinic at Froedtert. Dr. Joshua Field discusses the challenges of treating sickle cell disease. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Judie Bernarde Cancer Golf Outing to benefit MCW Cancer Center

Aug 07 - The 8th annual Judie Bernarde Cancer Golf Outing for Cancer Research will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Edgewater Golf Club in Grafton. Registration and a self-serve lunch begin at 11 a.m. followed by a 1 p.m. tee-off. Proceeds from the event will support breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Test drive the car of your dreams and support MCW breast cancer research

Aug 07 - On Friday, Aug. 16, and Saturday, Aug. 17, Bergstrom Automotive in Appleton will host Drive for a Cure, a two-day event to support breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center. From 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on both days, a special fleet of 100 Bergstrom vehicles including BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Volvo, Land Rover, Acura, Audi, MINI, Infiniti, and Fiat will be available to test drive on a 12-mile course. For each mile driven, Bergstrom Automotive will donate $1 to breast cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin Sickle Cell Clinic Helps Patients with Painful Disease

Aug 1 - Josh Field, MD, assistant professor of medicine and associate medical director at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin, discusses the comprehensive care offered for sickle cell anemia patients at the sickle cell clinic. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Horowitz Inducted into Association of American Physicians

May 20 - Dr. Mary Horowitz was inducted into the Association of American Physicians. WauwatosaNOW

$10 Million Gift from MACC Fund to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

June 26 - The MACC Fund will give $10 million over ten years to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Aaron Rodgers Promotes, Raises Funds for Pediatric Cancer Research

May 6 - A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article highlights Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers efforts to promote and raise funds for the MACC Fund. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Are we prepared for radiological terrorism or nuclear accidents?

Is the United States prepared for radiological terrorism or nuclear accidents? John Moulder, Ph.D., Professor and Director of Radiation Biology and Director for the Center for Medical Countermeasures against Radiological Terrorism, discusses our nation’s preparation and treatment plans in the case of either a nuclear accident (as recently seen in Japan) or radiological terrorism.

Authors of Cancer Survival Study Credit MCW, CIBMTR for Database Information

May 27 - A study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found that survival rates have increased significantly among patients who received blood stem cell transplants from both related and unrelated donors. Medical Xpress

Beat Breast Cancer Golf Outing on Aug. 17 to benefit MCW breast cancer research

Jul 10 - The 8th annual Beat Breast Cancer Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Fairways of Woodside in Sussex. The event begins with registration and lunch at 11 a.m., followed by a golf scramble with a shotgun start at noon.

Breast cancer screening and preventive health focus of Science Café

Jun 11 - The Community Engagement Key Function of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin will hold a Science Café at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central location Tuesday, June 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. The theme of the café is “Breast Cancer Screening and Preventive Health,” and the featured speaker is Alonzo Walker, MD, the Ruth Teske Professor in Surgical Oncology at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), and a surgical oncologist practicing at Froedtert Hospital.

Cancer Center scientists’ discovery in cancer metastasis featured on cover of Science Signaling

Jun 25 - MCW cancer researcher Carol L. Williams, PhD, and her research team have identified a way to block receptors that might be responsible for signaling lung, breast, and pancreatic cancer metastasis. This work, including a cover picture of cancer cells moving away from each other when the receptors are active, was published in the May 28th issue of Science Signaling.

Could your child’s birthmark be an indicator of something more serious?

Could your child’s birthmark be an indicator of something more serious? Beth Drolet, M.D., Professor of Dermatology and Pediatrics, Medical director, Pediatric Dermatology and Dermatology, Birthmarks and Vascular Anomalies Center, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, discusses a type of birthmark called a hemangioma, which can be an indicator of underlying health problems in some babies.

Development of ACE inhibitors to treat radiation injury

Jun 25 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a five year, $2.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop the use of an ACE inhibitor, lisinopril, to mitigate radiation injuries in multiple organs.

Documentary Aimed to Increase Awareness about Breast Cancer Treatment

June 10 - The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin are producing a documentary that aims to increase awareness about breast cancer risk and treatment among low-income or underinsured African-American women. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Don & Ruth Falevsky Golf Outing on July 20 to benefit MCW Cancer Research

Jul 02 - The 20th annual Don & Ruth Falevsky Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, July 20, at the Camelot Country Club in Lomira, with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Proceeds from this event will support cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Dr. Chitambar Describes the Importance of Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Support

June 24 - Dr. Christopher Chitambar describes the importance of the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse’s support of breast cancer research at MCW in a Fox/Channel 6 report on charitable donations. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Chitambar Explains How Alcohol Consumption Increases Risk for Breast Cancer

May 1 - In an NBC/Channel 4 report, Dr. Christopher Chitambar explains how alcohol consumption can increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer. 620 WTMJ

Dr. Colleen Lawton elected president of American Society for Radiation Oncology

Aug. 04 - Colleen A. F. Lawton, MD, Professor of Radiation Oncology at The Medical College of Wisconsin, was chosen by her peers as the president-elect of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).

Dr. Drobyski Finds Greater Risk for Multiple Myeloma Patients of Engraftment Syndrome

July 17 - Dr. William Drobyski is lead author of a study in the journal Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation that found that mul­ti­ple myeloma patients are at an increased risk of engraftment syndrome following stem cell transplantation, compared to patients with lym­pho­ma. The Myeloma Beacon

Dr. Drobyski Receives $1.5 Million NIH Grant to Study Graft Versus Host Disease

July 17 - Dr. William Drobyski received a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to study graft versus host disease, a major complication associated with bone marrow transplants. WauwatosaNOW

Dr. Duncan Comments on the Creation of Liver Buds from Stem Cells

July 9 - Stephen Duncan, PhD, provides expert comment in The Scientist on a report published in Nature that liver cells derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells and cultured with developmentally important progenitor cells self-organize into functional, three-dimensional liver buds. The Scientist

Dr. Everson Discovers Bone Density Loss in Rats Deprived of Sleep

June 17 - In a study reported in Experimental Biology and Medicine, Carol Everson, PhD, discovered abnormalities in bone density and bone marrow in rats that were sleep deprived. HealthCentral

Dr. Flynn Leads Study on Patient Misunderstandings of Clinical Trial Drug Safety

May 6 - Kathryn Flynn, PhD, is lead author of a Clinical Trials Transformation Initiative-team study reported in Clinical Trials that notes that potential participants in clinical trials may not have a clear understanding of the methods used by researchers to ensure the safety of investigational drugs they are given. Pharmacy Choice

Dr. Hijjawi Discusses Increased Breast Cancer Risk for Women with BRCA Genetic Mutation

May 13 - In an NBC/Channel 4 report, Dr. John Hijjawi discussed the increased risk of breast cancer for women with a BRCA genetic mutation. Today's TMJ4

Dr. Holland Provides Recommendations on Sunscreen Lotions for Children

June 3 - Dr. Kristen Holland provides expert comment on selecting sunscreen lotions for children in an ABC/Channel 12 report. ABC/WISN-TV

Dr. Jogal Praises Observant Mother; Child Diagnosed with Retinoblastoma

May 13 - In an NBC/Channel 4 report, Dr. Sachin Jogal praises a Belgium, Wisconsin, mother for her observation that something was wrong with her infant’s eye. 620 WTMJ

Dr. Lawton Calls for Increased Research Funding for Radiation Oncology

May 27 - Dr. Colleen Lawton, President of the American Society for Radiation Oncology, called for increased research funding to ensure advancement in radiation oncology techniques and protocols. ScienceCodex.com

Dr. Pingali Finds No Improved Benefits for Surveillance Imaging of Hodgkin Disease Patients

July 17 - In a presentation at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Sai Ravi Pingali reported that routine surveillance imaging does not improve clinical outcomes in patients with classic Hodgkin disease who are in first complete remission and it sharply increases costs. The Oncology Report

Dr. See Comments on Importance of Prostate Screening Tests

May 27 - Dr. William See provides expert comment on a Fox/Channel 6 report about free prostate screenings that were provided by Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin at Miller Park on May 29. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Thomas Contributes to Story on Patient Who Beat Stage Four Colon Cancer

May 20 - Dr. James Thomas provided expert comment on a Fox/Channel 6 report of female firefighter who successfully recovered from stage four colon cancer. Fox 6 Now

Dr. Walker to Discuss Breast Cancer Screening and Preventive Health at Science Café

June 10 - Dr. Alonzo Walker will discuss “Breast Cancer Screening and Preventive Health” at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin’s next Science Café on June 18 at the Milwaukee Public Library’s Central location. WauwatosaNOW

Drive for a Cure supports Cancer Center, honors advocate

Jun 12 - A well-established fundraiser that allows participants to test-drive the car of their dreams began a new chapter in 2012, the first year that proceeds were donated to the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center. The Bergstrom Corporation’s Drive for a Cure raised more than $50,000 for breast cancer research at MCW last year, and the partnership will continue with this summer’s event.

Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing on July 22 to benefit MCW Cancer Research

Jul 05 - The Eighth annual Drive Fore a Cure Golf Outing will take place on Monday, July 22, at the Westmoor Country Club in Brookfield, with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will support hematologic malignancy (blood cancer) research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, including the work of Parameswaran Hari, MD, Clinical Director of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Program and Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.

Elementary School Students Visit College

June 10 - Students from Milwaukee’s Honey Creek Elementary School had a day-long field trip to MCW where the children were provided hands-on opportunities to complement their science curriculum. WauwatosaNOW

J&B Hackerfest Golf Outing on July 13 to benefit MCW Cancer Center

May 20 - The 21st annual J&B Hackerfest Golf Outing will take place on Saturday, July 13, at the Rivermoor Golf Club in Waterford, Wisconsin, with a shotgun start at noon. Proceeds from the event will support brain tumor research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Link Between Alcohol and Breast Cancer

Apr. 29 - Christopher Chitambar, MD, professor of medicine, discusses the link between breast cancer and alcohol consumption in some women. WTMJ-TV

MACC Fund Donates $10 Million to Children’s for Pediatric Cancer Research

June 24 - The Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund) announced a $10 million contribution to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin to support pediatric cancer research. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Milwaukee Business Journal, WBAY-TV

Medical College Cancer Center gets new director

Dr. Ming You, Joseph F. Heil Professor in Molecular Oncogenesis, senior associate dean for cancer research, education and clinical care, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, joined the Medical College of September 1. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 30 Business Journal, August 31

On Father’s Day weekend, ugly ties lead to beautiful donations at the WBCS Showhouse for a Cure

Jun 07 - Celebrate Father’s Day weekend and the final days of the 2013 WBCS Showhouse for a Cure by turning your ugliest tie into support for prostate cancer research at MCW.

Ovarian cancer research has champion in the William and Sandy Heitz Family Foundation

Jun 17 - A family that has been affected by cancer several times over is making significant contributions to the advancement of more effective therapies for ovarian cancer at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Gifts from the William and Sandy Heitz Family Foundation totaling $250,000 are creating the William and Sandy Heitz Endowed Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Pediatric Leukemia Study

Julie Talano, MD and Mitchell Oliviera discuss the BMT Chemotherapy Study at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Proceeds from Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse Support MCW Cancer Studies

June 3 - Proceeds from the 16th annual Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse support breast and prostate cancer research studies at MCW. Fox 6 News

Registration open for WBCS Tee Up for a Cure© Golf Outing on July 22

June 04 - The 15th annual WBCS Tee Up for a Cure© Golf Outing, presented by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Kathy Duffey Fogarty Fund, will take place on Monday, July 22, at the Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Wauwatosa.

Researcher to study Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Sept 14 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a $40,000 grant from the ALS Association’s Jeff Kaufman Fund to study the impact of skeletal muscle on the progression of ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, as it’s commonly known.

Researcher to study main complication after bone marrow transplantation

Jul 09 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a four year, $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to study graft versus host disease (GVHD), the major complication associated with bone marrow transplants.

Sam Memorial Golf Outing to benefit MCW cancer research

May 22 - The 12th annual Sam Memorial Golf Outing is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, at the Scenic View Country Club, 4415 Club Drive in Slinger. This tournament is held in memory of Sam Beres, who lost his battle with leukemia in April 2000, at the age of six. Funds raised through this event benefit hematologic oncology research conducted in the laboratory of David A. Margolis, MD, Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology and Oncology).

Sam Memorial Walk/Run on Aug. 24 to benefit MCW cancer research

Jul 17 - The 14th annual Sam Memorial Walk/Run will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24, at St. Agnes Parish, 12801 W. Fairmount, in Butler. Check-in begins at 9:15 a.m. for the 10 a.m. event. Participants can choose to run or walk the two-mile course through the streets of Butler, beginning and ending at St. Agnes. The cost is $15 for individuals or$40 for families.

Showhouse for a Cure Supports College’s Breast, Prostate Cancer Research Studies

May 27 - Several media outlets reported on the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure, which runs June 1-16. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, OnMilwaukee.com, WISN-TV, & 2 other outlets

Smithsonian Exhibit Features Dr. Anderson’s Work on Genetic Mutations and Lung Cancer

June 3 - Marshall Anderson, PhD, was a contributing author to an article in Cancer Research on how genetic mutations contribute to lung cancer risks. Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Spierings Cancer Foundation to present ‘Rock Cancer’ Music Festival on Aug. 17

Jul 10 - “Rock Cancer,” the Spierings Cancer Foundation’s annual fundraiser and day-long celebration of rock music and family fun, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Doyle Park in Little Chute. The music begins at 1 p.m. and continues until midnight. Many area bands are scheduled to perform, including Homemade Brew, Straight Chuters, The Bomb, Adams Way, and Half Empty.

Stem cell trial aimed at treating spinal cord injuries

Shekar Kurpad, M.D., Associate Professor of Neurosurgery, discusses the use of embryonic stem cells in a pilot study to discover whether the stem cells promote healing in the spinal cord in this MCW Podcast.

Team Receives Award for Research on Von Willebrand Factor

July 9 - A team of investigators studying von Willebrand factor from MCW’s Department of Pediatrics, the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Research Foundation, and the BloodCenter of Wisconsin received the first prize in the Martin Villar Awards for Research into Haemostasis. noodls

The cancer-preventing abilities of green tea

Natural chemopreventive agents studied by the director of the Cancer Center: Ming You, M.D., Ph.D., senior associate dean for cancer research, education and clinical care, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, and the Joseph F. Heil Professor in Molecular Oncogenesis, discusses the cancer-preventing abilities of green tea.

Three Scientists Receive $50,000 Research Awards from Breast Cancer Showhouse

June 3 - Three researchers will each receive $50,000 from the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse to support their breast cancer research studies at MCW. WauwatosaNOW

US Supreme Court Rules Genes Cannot be Patented

June 13 - Jenny Geurts, MS, genetic counselor, discusses the Supreme Court’s ruling that genes cannot be patented. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Volunteer gives more than time to WBCS

May 28 - Entering her second year as Chairperson and fourth year with the organization, Kadie M. Jelenchick was fully prepared to work with the talented designers and contractors who bring the Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse to life. She did not anticipate they would be working on her house, but a sign of good leadership is the ability to adapt.

WBCS seeking volunteers for Showhouse

May 21 - WBCS, Inc. is inviting individuals—men, women and young people—to contribute their time, talent, and financial gifts to help support its mission to advance early-stage breast cancer and prostate cancer research. An all-volunteer organization, WBCS has donated more than $4.75 million to breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center and to support its endowed professorship of breast cancer research.

WBCS to fund three breast cancer researchers

Jun 06 - Two researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) and an investigator at BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Blood Research Institute, have received one-year, $50,000 grants from WBCS, Inc., to study breast cancer.

WBCS walk/run on June 8 to benefit MCW breast cancer and prostate cancer research

May 21 - Hope Springs Eternal: WBCS Racing for Research at MCW is a fun run and walk scheduled for Saturday, June 8, at Lake Park in Milwaukee. All proceeds from the event, now in its second year, go to WBCS, Inc., which supports breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

Women in Science

July 24 - Michele Battle, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology, neurobiology and anatomy, discussed her work with stem cells at the recent Women in Science luncheon presentation at the Wisconsin Women’s Club. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Women’s History Month 2012 – education mission

Mar. 05 - In honor of Women’s History Month, the Medical College of Wisconsin has created a series of video vignettes and stories that will be posted on InfoScope during the month of March. The vignettes highlight many of our women faculty, staff and students and the contributions they have made. The stories highlight MCW programs that improve women’s health or help women develop as students, physicians, researchers, educators and leaders.

Congratulations to the Class of 2012

The 99th annual commencement took place on May 18 at the Milwaukee Theatre, at which the Medical College of Wisconsin and its Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences awarded 202 MD, 38 PhD, 27 MS, 4 MA, and 18 Master of Public Health degrees, as well as bestowed numerous honors.

How academic detailing improves patient care

With medical information in a constant state of evolution, academic detailing offers a personal form of educational outreach that places the most current, evidence-based data directly in the hands of practicing physicians.

Adaptive optics redefines imaging

Conceived first as an astronomy technique to view space more clearly, then as a method for acquiring better satellite pictures, adaptive optics is redefining what is possible in ocular imaging. Dr. Joseph Carroll is helping build a unique program at the Medical College and is a key member of the first team to image the tiny rods of the eye.

Alumnus Profile - Dr. Philip Stieg

An expert in cerebral vascular and skull base tumor surgery, alumnus Dr. Philip Stieg is Professor and Chairman of Neurological Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College and Neurosurgeon-in-Chief at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Alumni earn top faculty honors

All three recipients of The Medical College of Wisconsin’s Distinguished Service Awards this year are alumni. The award is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a Medical College faculty member.

Senior Dinner highlights

The Senior Awards Dinner for the Medical School Class of 2011 was held May 19, 2011, at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee. The night was an opportunity to celebrate four years of accomplishment with friends and family.

Radiologist sets up scholarship

On board a Naval vessel, Dr. Orlando L. Manfredi met his mentor, a man he is honoring with the establishment of a new endowed scholarship fund for medical student education. Dr. Manfredi built a significant radiology practice on Staten Island prior to his recent retirement.

Rad Onc Chair named honorary alumnus

For his exemplary work as a physician and his commitment to education, J. Frank Wilson, MD, was named an Honorary Alumnus of The Medical College of Wisconsin this year. Dr. Wilson is Chairman and the Bernard & Miriam Peck Family Professor in Radiation Oncology at the Medical College.

Cultivating the pharm

Dr. Daniel McDermott has dedicated his career to the development of new drugs and study of their safety and efficacy in patient populations. His remarkable body of work led to his selection as the Medical College’s very first Graduate School Alumnus of the Year.

Global health opportunities grow

The John M. Kohler Foundation has given $250,000 to the Medical College of Wisconsin Global Health Program in memory of Dr. Elaine Kohler, a former associate professor of pediatrics and fellow alumna.

Seniors celebrate Match Day

Graduating medical students were matched to their residency positions via the National Residency Matching Program on March 16. Of the 202 fourth-year medical students at the Medical College, 196 students obtained first-year residency positions on Match Day.

Alumnus Profile - Dr. James Thomas

Physician-scientist-entrepreneur and Union Grove native Dr. James P. Thomas has returned to Wisconsin with an unwavering commitment to earning The Medical College of Wisconsin a designation as a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Comprehensive Cancer Center. He will lead the effort to develop the Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office.

Dean embraces role at alma mater

Dr. Joseph E. Kerschner recently became the third alumnus of the medical school to be named its Dean and the first in history with a Medical College of Wisconsin diploma. In a new interview, he discusses his path to this leadership role, his ideas and motivations, and his thoughts on alumni engagement.

PhD follows success for inventor

Noted biomedical inventor and academician Dr. Melvin Siedband found semi-retirement to be the perfect time to earn his PhD in biophysics.

Alumnus profile - Jean-Bernard Durand

A faculty member at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, alumnus Dr. Jean-Bernard Durand conducts novel research on the connections between chemotherapy and damage to the cardiovascular system.

GI physician leads Alumni Association

Dr. John Bjork is a member of the first class of students to graduate from The Medical College of Wisconsin under that name. He hopes to bring his historical perspective to the role of Alumni Association President to foster pride and participation among all eras of alumni.

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