The Conquest of Cancer
January 2021 eNews
January 26th, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the incorporation of Wood Hudson Cancer Research Lab and the beginning of our research. All together our scientists have had more than 51 full-length publications in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, mostly in international high profile journals. We have had 150 scientific reports given at international meetings of professional scientists. Nearly 350 undergraduates have worked in our Undergraduate Research Education Program and approximately 115 of these former UREP students are now physicians or PhD research scientists. Others are nurses, hospital administrators, teachers and laboratory scientists. All of this would not have been possible without the support of the many Wood Hudson Trustees who have given time and talent to help direct our organization through both rough and smooth waters. Of course the financial support of foundations and hundreds of individuals has been critical for what Wood Hudson has accomplished. The Wood Hudson Trustees, staff, and students thank you for your support.
Three Undergraduate Research Education Program (UREP) students have begun their lab work in a combination virtual/lab experience. While working in safe, social-distanced conditions, Angel Rapp, Anna Oliverio and Brianna Hoegermeyer have been in the lab beginning a breast cancer project. They are performing immunohistochemistry in the lab and studying the immunohistochemically stained breast cancer tissues on a microscope with Dr. Larry Douglass, a board-certified pathologist. For this project, the students are looking into the serine biosynthesis pathway and its effect on tumor progression in human breast cancers. Angel, Anna and Brianna are students at Thomas More University, looking forward to MD/PhD studies in the future. It is so nice to have bright young people in the lab again!
UREP student participation is made possible with the support of a grant from PNC Charitable Trusts. Specifically, the breast cancer research project the students are working on is being supported by grants from the I Have Wings Breast Cancer Foundation and the Martin Miracle Foundation. We thank these partners for their support.
Year-End Giving: THANK YOU!
Thank you to all who have donated to Wood Hudson at year end. We have received generous donations from new and past donors. Thank you for helping the mission of Wood Hudson continue. We hope you feel that you are a part of this work of cancer research and making the world a better place. Our first matching donor contributed $6,000 to match your donations from December 1-15. A second matching donor stepped in to match the remainder of your gifts from December 16-31 and donated $7,800. Added all up, this year-end matching gift program resulted in gifts totaling $27,600 in December. These funds will be applied to our 2021 budget. We express our deep gratitude to these two matching donors and to all of you! No matter how little or much you can give, each gift makes a difference. Thank you!
We also acknowledge with gratitude a $24,000 grant from the CHEMED Foundation. These funds are being used to support an ovarian cancer research project which began as a student capstone project.
Another member of the Wood Hudson Board of Trustees has pledged a $5,000 match for individual donations from new donors that are received January 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021. If you have never donated to Wood Hudson, now is the time! If you have benefited from a student experience at Wood Hudson, or if you feel that cancer research is just too important to ignore, make a gift. Be a part of this exciting work. Donate at the button below.