The Conquest of Cancer
April 2021 eNews
AACR Research Presentations
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) held its Annual Meeting Part 1 this month, April 5th-10th. This is the second year the meeting was held virtually. The AACR has more than 48,000 members residing in 127 countries and territories, and this international conference attracted more than 100,000 attendees. Wood Hudson scientists presented two research projects at the conference. One project was entitled “Alterations in TGF𝛃 Signaling in Ovarian Cancer Patients with TGF𝛃 Receptor 1 Variants.” This project was supported by people like you as well as the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati and the ChemED Foundation in Cincinnati. The other project, “RNA-Based Diagnostic Panel Matches TME Phenotype to Therapeutic Mechanism of Action in Colorectal Cancer,” reported research on the development of a prognostic marker for Colorectal Cancer. This research was performed in collaboration with OncXerna and Genialis, two biotechnology companies in Boston.
In spite of an entire year working with new restrictions through a worldwide pandemic, Wood Hudson research continues to make forward progress. COVID-19 has taken a toll, but cancer, which kills 600,000 Americans annually, is ever-present regardless. We continue our mission, dedicated to making new discoveries regarding the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer.
UREP Student Research Presentation at AACR
Anna Oliverio, Angel Rapp, and Brianna Hoegermeyer, all Thomas More University students and Undergraduate Research and Education Program (UREP) participants, have entered their Wood Hudson research project in the 16th Annual AACR Undergraduate Student Caucus and Poster Competition, which will be held virtually this year. Their research project is entitled “Phosphoserine Phosphatase (PSPH) Expression and Breast Cancer Progression in Women.” The students studied the serine biosynthesis pathway in surgical specimens and proposed that increased serine biosynthesis was essential for development and progression of breast cancer in women. This project was all inclusive: learning the background, working in the lab, studying at the microscope, building a poster, and narrating it in a video recording of exactly five minutes! Not a small feat! We are pleased to have their research accepted into this prestigious conference! This breast cancer research at Wood Hudson is supported by the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation. UREP student research is supported by donors like you as well as the R.C. Durr Foundation, PNC Charitable Trusts, and the ChemED Foundation.
The week of AACR student presentations will take place May 12th, 14th and 21st, during AACR Part 2, and will bring together undergraduate students at all levels to address educational pathways, explore career options in the cancer field, present their own research, and compete for prizes. Good luck UREP students!
Summer UREP 2021 will be here before we know it! We have sixteen students who will be participating in the virtual program, May 10th to August 13th. The program will be similar to last summer’s program. We look forward to spending time with these students and seeing them explore potential new ideas in cancer research. Wood Hudson is proud to provide this vibrant education program for students. Since the program started, approximately 350 students from 48 universities and colleges have been trained in our laboratory (and virtually, as of 2020). Many receive college credit for their work, and their research gives them an advantage when they apply to medical or graduate schools. Most importantly, this experience in research inspires them to achieve higher educational goals.
You don't have to be in Cincinnati to Run the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon
Cincinnati’s Flying Pig Marathon is right around the corner! Run your virtual race between May 1st and June 15th. Click here for virtual race FAQs.
To run for Wood Hudson Cancer Research:
1. Call the Lab at (859) 581-7249 for a discount code.
2. Select Wood Hudson Cancer Research as your charity when registering. Your race will be discounted and a portion of your race fees will benefit Wood Hudson.
3. Register here.
Wood Hudson has been involved in the marathon for fifteen years, and it is one of our top fundraising events. Because of COVID, the Flying Pig will be a virtual race this spring. Although we all miss the energy and excitement of an in-person race, don’t let that hold you back! Are you in Florida? Run the Flying Pig there! Are you in New Jersey? Run the Flying Pig there! Don’t miss out on your medal and your new race shirt! Run for a great cause. Run for a cure!
Trustee Offers Matching Gift
Cancer affects all of us, whether up close or from a distance. Most of us have loved ones who have suffered. If you are someone who cares about making a difference and finding a cure, you can help. You can be a part of this urgent work. You can make a donation to a cancer research non-profit that is efficient and effective, and now is the time to do it! Dr. Ron Snyder, a member of the Wood Hudson Board of Trustees, has kindly offered a matching gift up to $5,000 on donations to Wood Hudson from new or lapsed donors this spring. We thank Dr. Snyder for this selfless generosity! If you have never given to the lab, or you haven’t given in a while, this matching gift is for you! Double the gift, double the impact. Your $20 gift becomes $40; your $100 gift becomes $200! What can you give? Working together, we can raise $10,000 for the Lab! Donate NOW!