Happenings | Winter 2017

WBCS makes donation to MCW in October 2016
In October 2016, the WBCS board of directors presented a $350,000 donation to MCW. Accepting on behalf of the institution were (from second left) John R. Raymond, Sr., MD, president & CEO; Ravi P. Misra, PhD, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; and Hallgeir Rui, MD, PhD, WBCS Endowed Professor of Breast Cancer Research.

WBCS Prepares for 20th Anniversary Year

The WBCS (Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse) was founded in 1998 as an all-volunteer organization to support early-stage breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center.

MCW is the sole recipient of WBCS funding. The first donation received was $42,000 – and cumulative donations since that time total nearly $6.2 million. The majority of this money supports seed grants for breast or prostate cancer research; researchers have leveraged these grants to raise an additional $45.4 million in extramural funding. WBCS also provided funding for an endowment, the WBCS Chair in Breast Cancer Research, held by Hallgeir Rui, MD, PhD.

The 2017 WBCS Showhouse for a Cure will be open to the public from Saturday, June 3 through Sunday, June 18. The selected home is a beautiful historic mansion on Milwaukee's east side. A special "Now and Then" event will take place on Saturday, May 20, providing an opportunity to look back at favorite past Showhouses.

2017 WBCS Showhouse For A Cure

Women in Science Lecture Series Kicks Off the 2017 Season

The April 27 lecture features speaker Cheryl A. Maurana, PhD, vice president for academic outreach, senior associate dean, and director of the Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment, and will be held at GE Healthcare from 3-5 p.m. Alison Kriegel, PhD '08, is the featured speaker on May 23.

Visit the Women in Science Lecture Series website for more information.

Phoebe Jensen Receives Zeit Leadership Award

Phoebe JensenPhoebe Jensen, a fourth-year medical student, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Walter Zeit Fellowship Leadership Award.

This prestigious award is presented to the senior student who has consistently displayed superior qualities of leadership, loyalty, selfless service, initiative and compassion toward his or her peers and to MCW. It is the highest student honor bestowed by the Walter Zeit Fellowship, MCW's premier donor recognition society.

Imagine More Dinner Supports Neurosciences Research

The fifth annual Imagine More Dinner supporting research at MCW for the cause and cure of devastating neurological diseases will be held on June 15 at Discovery World in Milwaukee.

This year's event will highlight and honor the advancements of Shekar N. Kurpad, MD, FEL '01, PhD, interim chair and professor of neurosurgery, director of the Spinal Cord Injury Center and director of the spine surgery fellowship.

Also at the Dinner, the third annual Imagine More Award for Research – in the amount of $25,000 – will be presented to an MCW faculty member who is undertaking research designed to transform our ability to prevent, treat or cure neurologic or psychiatric disease. Past winners are Antje Kroner-Milsch, MD, PhD (2016), and Allison Ebert, PhD (2015).

Upcoming Events


  • Desert Classic Weekend - Phoenix Area | March 10–11


  • Peter K. Antaramian Five-Course Wine-Pairing Dinner for Cancer Research - Milwaukee | April 30


  • Alumni Weekend - Milwaukee | May 5–6


  • WBCS Showhouse For A Cure - Milwaukee | June 3–18

  • Have A Heart Motorcycle Ride for the Cardiovascular Center - Thiensville | June 10

For more information on these events, contact Peggy LeBrun, director, volunteer and event fundraising, at (414) 955-4503 or plebrun@mcw.edu.

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