December 2014 — Carnegie Science Leadership in STEM Education Award Received for UPCI Academy
The UPCI Academy, a laboratory-based training program for high school students created by Michael Lotze, MD in 2009, recently received the Carnegie Science Leadership in STEM Education Award. The Summer Academy aims to foster interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers in research, provide education in content-specific areas, develop research and communication skills, and improve scholars' awareness of strategies and approaches for selecting, applying to, and succeeding in undergraduate and graduate institutions. The program also demonstrates outreach efforts that serve those from under-represented and disadvantaged backgrounds.
Watch Dr. Lotze discuss the importance of training the next generation of cancer scientists:
November 2014 — V Foundation for Cancer Research Recognizes University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Researchers
The V Foundation for Cancer Research recently recognized University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute researcher Kara Bernstein, PhD, with a V Scholar award, worth $200,000 over two years. This grant is in addition to the three-year, $600,000 grant that was awarded to Julie Bauman, MD, MPH, to build on existing scientific knowledge and pioneer new treatments for head and neck cancer.
Dr. Bernstein will use her award to investigate why people who have mutations in proteins known as RAD51 paralogues are more susceptible to getting cancer – particularly breast and ovarian – and to identify methods for treating their specific cancers.
Watch Dr. Bernstein talk about her research:
October 2014 — Free to Breathe Advocacy Summit Group Visits
UPCI Lung Cancer Research Labs
Members of the Free To Breathe Advocacy Summit Group recently toured the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), including Lung Cancer Program laboratories, to learn more about the approaches to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer that UPCI researchers are developing and employing.
Dr. Nancy Davidson (Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC CancerCenter) and Dr. Timothy Burns (Assistant Professor of Medicine and researcher in the UPCI Lung Cancer Program) welcomed about 70 members of the group Free to Breathe, which is an organization dedicated to funding lung cancer research, ensuring patients have access to clinical trials and advocating for the latest treatments for lung cancer patients. The group is made up of doctors, patients, caregivers and other advocates whose goal is to double lung cancer survival by the year 2022.
Watch the video below to learn more: