Wood Hudson 19th Annual Car Show August 10th 2019


These are photos from last years Annual Car Show:

5 UREP Students to Begin Medical School in 2019

All of Kentucky is medically underserved. The Undergraduate Research Education Program (UREP) at Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory has the goals of encouraging undergraduates to remain in the science major (Chemistry, Biology, etc.), graduate, and choose careers in science and medicine by giving them hands-on experience in biomedical research and training in scientific communication. So far 92% of UREP participants over the past 37 years have done just that. Thus UREP addresses the unmet need in Kentucky of more healthcare and science professionals.

Everyone at Wood Hudson congratulates the five UREP participants who have recently been accepted into medical school. Three of these students have been accepted into the inaugural class of 35 students at the new University of Kentucky College of Medicine Northern Kentucky Campus. They are: Morgan Bahnsen (Thomas More University Graduate), Austin Johnson (University of Kentucky Graduate), and Alex White (Miami University Graduate). Morgan, an Ohio resident, was also accepted by Ohio University College of Medicine, Dublin Campus and is on the wait list at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine (Dayton, OH), which, of course, would offer her in-state tuition. Kyle Damen (Mt. St. Joseph University Graduate) will be attending Marian College of Osteopathic Medicine, Marian University, in Indianapolis, IN. Stefan Marasligiller (Vanderbilt University Graduate) has been accepted by the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Stefan is also on the wait list at the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University (NYC).

We congratulate these former UREP students and future doctors for these achievements which represent not only intellectual talent but also hard work and perseverance.

Kyle Damen, Future Physician

Alex White, Future Physician

Morgan Bahnsen, Future Physician


The Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory Trustees have announced a Capital Campaign to raise $250,000. The Campaign goals are in line with the new 3-5 year Strategic Plan, now under development, and the current need for building and equipment maintenance and repairs. We are turning to local foundations and our generous benefactors to raise these funds. With the help of such support from local foundations and our benefactors we were able to raise over $840,000 a decade ago to build debt-free the 7,500 sq. ft. environmentally controlled Biospecimen Repository Center (BRC) Addition.

The BRC now preserves over 2 million surgical specimens including specimens from over 65,000 cancer patients for research and education and to help patients if their tumor recurs and further tests are required. Now, seven years after opening in 2012, the BRC needs to be water-proofed. Water-proofing treatments are only guaranteed for 5 years. Moreover stainless steel flashing needs to be installed over the windows. Wood Hudson Trustee Mark Shields, a Project Executive with Messer Construction, has obtained a $35,000 quote from American Façade Renovation to complete this project.

Have you visited the Wood Hudson Cancer Research Laboratory facility recently? Visitors are always welcome but please call first! (859-581-7249 - If we receive an avalanche of requests to this invitation we will host another open house!). If you have visited our institute recently you will notice that our 1922 vintage front doors have major problems and need to be replaced. Mr. Shields has obtained a $15,000 estimate from A-E Door Company to replace all four of the front doors. This project is essential for the safety and security of everyone and everything inside the building, located in an urban neighborhood.

Needless to say, our research equipment is heavily used and must be maintained. On average, annual maintenance for high-end scientific equipment is $5,000-$7,500 per instrument and repairs can cost even more. Right now, we have 6 pieces of equipment that need maintenance, repairs, or need to be replaced. The new 3-5 year Strategic Plan now being developed states as a goal to increase the breadth of our research - expanding our research of cancer immunology and genetics while maintaining the current focus on pathology, biomarkers, and molecular biology. This will require additional high-end scientific equipment and additional highly skilled professional staff.

Clearly, the current $250,000 goal will not cover all these projetcs, however one has to start somewhere and every project has to be built one brick at a time. The Trustees, Students, and Staff thank you for your past support which has made it possible to reach multiple past goals. We ask for your continued support as we move forward with this 2019 Capital Campaign.

New Summer UREP Initiatives

The Wood Hudson Cancer Research Institute is proud to be an inaugural partner in summer 2019 with the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky's brand-new Gatton Summer Internship Program (GSIP). The mission of this partnership, (a tax-deductible, private-public commitment), is to provide a project-based summer internship to a Gatton Academy student. Internships can be in any discipline, in any field, and can take many forms.

Requirements are simple: 1.) Partners provide an eight-week, full-time internship to a Gatton student; 2.) Students must have a consistent mentor-supervisor to seek guidance; 3.) Students work on a specific project with an outcome as the goal; and 4.) The mentor-supervisor assesses the student at summer's end.

Wood Hudson has already firmly supported The Gatton Academy, having worked with six Gatton students since 2009. These alumni have gone on to successful undergraduate, graduate, and medical school careers. Dr. Julia Carter was honored as The Gatton Academy's Commencement Speaker in 2017 as the school graduated its ninth graduating class.

We look forward to continuing our relationship with The Gatton Academy through this innovative endeavor, which helps to prepare our Kentucky STEM students for successful futures. If your company or organization is interested in hosting a Gatton Academy student intern, Cheryl Kirby-Stokes, Academic Opportunities Coordinator, can be contacted at

The two students from The Gatton Academy who will be participating in UREP this summer are Natalie Cooper and JT Reagor. Natalie and JT are technically high school Juniors, but are now completing their Freshman year at Western Kentucky University. Other summer UREP students include: Louis Fritz, a Morehead State University, Craft Academy for Excellence in Science graduate who will be beginning as a Junior at the University of Louisville; Audrey Giesler, a rising Junior at Eastern Kentucky University, David Kelly, a rising Senior at Thomas More University; Ryan Moore, a rising Senior at Northern Ken- tucky University; Michael Parritt, a rising Senior at Xavier University; Olivia Frederick, a rising Senior at Ohio State University and Adam Neltner, a rising Junior at Ohio State University. These ten students will participate in ongoing research projects studying breast, bladder, and ovarian cancers.


Working with Students and Scientists Across Kentucky

Working with Students and Scientists Across Kentucky The Kentucky Academy of Science (KAS) is Kentucky’s statewide scientific society composed of thousands of members across the Commonwealth. This annual gathering of the diverse scientific community introduces our Undergraduate Research Education Program (UREP) student interns to professional scientific research being shared in an academic setting. The 104th annual meeting of the Kentucky Academy of Science was hosted by Western Kentucky University. The educational weekend began with poster presentations Friday, November 2 spanning three floors of the Downing Student Union. Wood Hudson scientists and UREP mentors, Dr. Leila Valanejad and Professor Diane Wilkening Fritz aided KAS in judging the poster presentation session in the category of Physiology & Biochemistry. The Friday evening event introduced the National Corvette Museum, giving the inside story on the famous sinkhole, revealing how an interdisciplinary team of scientists and technicians came together to study and repair the sinkhole, as well as develop the Corvette Cave-In Sinkhole Exhibit at the museum. On Saturday, November 3, three of our UREP students competed with oral presentations. David Kelly earned the second place award, in the category of Physiology & Biochemistry. Ryan Moore worked with Dr. Zachary Taylor and Dr. Julia Carter to present preliminary research surrounding our current bladder cancer findings relating to HSP-90, Cathepsin-L, and proteins of the MAPK pathway. Kalin Russell presented recent outcomes of the ovarian project regarding the role of eIF4E in ovarian cancer with the assistance of Dr. Julia Carter. David Kelley presented research surrounding early detection of breast cancer through changes in amino acid metabolism under the guidance of Dr. Leila Valanejad. We congratulate these efforts and also thank Ms. Denise Lucas, Dr. James Deddens and Dr. Larry Douglass for their assistance with these research projects. Congratulations to Dr. Leila Valanejad who was chosen as Secretary of the Physiology & Biochemistry Section for 2019. Dr. Julia Carter was the Chairman of the Physiology & Biochemistry Section of the KAS for 2018.

Wood Hudson Welcomes Two New Trustees
Julie Overman and Dr. Ron Snyder

Julie is a Director in KPMG’s Risk Assurance practice primarily focused on Internal Audit & Enterprise Risk. She serves many clients delivering services focused on internal controls, risk management, compliance and risk-based internal audits. Prior to joining KPMG in 2012, Julie worked in the Internal Audit Department at Omnicare, a provider of comprehensive pharmaceutical services. She began her career at Deloitte in external audit in 2006. Julie also currently serves as the Co-President of the Institute of Internal Auditors – Cincinnati Chapter. Julie holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Dayton. She currently lives in Loveland with her husband and 2 year old daughter.

Ron received his BS from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and both an MS and PhD from Emory University in Atlanta. He post-doc’d at Oak Ridge National labs and Johns Hopkins. He has played leadership roles in assessing the safety of novel chemical entities for Stauffer Chemical Co, Marion Merrell Dow, Abbott Labs, DuPont Pharma, Bristol Myers Squibb, Schering-Plough Pharma and most recently, Merck Pharma. He also spent two years at WHCRL. He has authored or co-authored over 123 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters which, excluding self-citations have been cited over 4800 times in more than 1000 different scientific journals. Ron has remained active in scientific societies and journal editorial review boards, and serves as a consultant for Pharma in Genetic Toxicology.

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