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Latest Cancer Research to be Presented

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The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis will showcase researchers talking about their potentially life-saving work today. Nearly 90 presenters are scheduled for Cancer Research Day, which aims to build awareness of the facility's initiatives.

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May 9, 2012

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Nearly 90 people are presenting their latest research at today’s Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center’s Cancer Research Day.

Students, fellows, and faculty conducting cancer research at Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana University-Bloomington, Purdue University, and the Harper Cancer Research Institute -- a collaboration between the IU School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame -- are presenting poster abstracts in four categories:

• basic science
• translational/clinical research
• population science/epidemiology
• behavioral science

Cash awards for best posters by graduate students, post-doctoral/medical fellows, research technicians, and clinical nurses in all categories will be selected by a review board and presented during an awards ceremony at 4 p.m. today. Cancer Research Day is in room 450 at the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

Cancer Research Day is an annual event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of IU Simon Cancer Center research endeavors and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Indiana.

“Cancer Research Day is always an inspiring day as future and veteran scientists, not only from the IU Simon Cancer Center but other cancer organizations in Indiana, come together to showcase their latest research,” Patrick J. Loehrer Sr., M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center and H.H. Gregg Professor of Oncology at IU School of Medicine, said. “This year is especially meaningful as I will have the opportunity to present the first Stephen D. Williams M.D. Lectureship Award to our guest speaker. As a physician-scientist, Steve left his mark on the world. Thousands of women with ovarian tumors and men with testicular cancer are alive today because of his contributions.”

The late Dr. Williams was the founding director of the IU Simon Cancer Center. He served as director from 1992 to 2009. He earned national recognition for his role in investigating the successful use of chemotherapy in the treatment of ovarian and testicular germ cell tumors, he was consistently ranked nationally among cancer care specialists in America’s Top Doctors for Cancer, and during his tenure, the cancer center was consistently ranked among the top clinical programs in the country in U.S. News & World Report.

The Williams Lectureship Award will be presented to Michael Clarke, M.D., associate director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Clarke, an IU School of Medicine graduate, will deliver the keynote address, “Disregulation of Self Renewal in Cancer and Down Syndrome,” at 3 p.m. today.

The award itself is a replica of "Luminary." Designed by Jeff Laramore 2nd Globe Studios, the artwork serves as the IU Simon Cancer Center’s cornerstone at Michigan Street and University Boulevard. The central sphere is constructed of onyx – credited by some with the power to increase regeneration and foster new recognition of personal strengths.

The Cancer Research Day schedule can be found at www.cancer.iu.edu/crd. All are welcome to attend.

Source: Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center

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