Daniel Berrebi, a 2017 WVU Cancer Institute summer research fellow, won first place in the cancer category of the student poster session at this year’s Southeast Regional IDeA Conference in Morgantown. He was selected for his research titled Inhibition of CCL5 and Nodal by Adipose-derived Stem Cells in the Breast Tumor Microenvironment. In his work at the Cancer Institute under the mentorship of Linda Vona-Davis, PhD, Berrebi used 3D matrix models to study the role of stem cells in contributing to the spread of breast cancer.
The Southeast Regional IDeA Conference is a biennial meeting that connects biomedical research from across the seven states/territories in the southeast IDeA Region to discuss best practices, concepts, and ideas to further research throughout the region.
“This conference was a great opportunity to network with colleagues from across the region and discuss my research,” Berrebi said. “I am incredibly honored that my work was recognized with this award.”
Berrebi is a senior at WVU and is majoring in biology. He plans to go to medical school, then complete a surgical residency and continue investigative research as a physician. He is the son of Denise and Albert Berrebi of Morgantown.
The WVU Cancer Institute lung cancer support group team in conjunction with the Lung Cancer Alliance will host the first annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer in observance of lung cancer awareness month on November 28, 2017 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the ground floor conference room at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. This is an event for current and past patients and their families to provide education about lung cancer and new treatment updates, and will be an opportunity to honor those living with lung cancer and those we have lost to the disease. Several members of the lung cancer team will share recent clinical advances and memorable patient experiences. Please contact Adrienne Duckworth, NP, or Rachel Harper, MSW, or call 304-598-4500, if you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. All Cancer Institute staff are welcome.
WVU Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control has expanded its Bridge Program that focuses on lung cancer survivorship to United Hospital Center (UHC) in Bridgeport. The goal of the Cancer Institute and UHC’s Bridge Program is to improve the coordination of care and decrease the consequences of treatment for patients diagnosed with stage I, II, or III lung cancer after they complete treatment.
The fourth annual Pink Party to benefit the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus) was a huge success. Nearly 200 attendees, wearing their favorite shades of pink, enjoyed a special evening at Touchdown Terrace at Milan Puskar Stadium on November 13 to support one of their favorite causes – Bonnie’s Bus. “Thank you for being so supportive,” Jo Statler told the crowd. “Because you are here, that tells me you have big hearts.” She and her husband Ben made a generous gift to the WVU Cancer Institute eight years ago to establish the mobile mammography program, named after Jo’s late mother, Bonnie Wells Wilson.