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.
WVU Cancer Institute faculty and staff are singing the praises of Bonnie’s Bus Program Director Sara Jane Gainor as she leaves the mobile mammography program established nine years ago to begin a new chapter of her life. During a retirement lunch at the Cancer Institute this past Tuesday they shared the impact Gainor has had on them personally and on the program. “She grew this program from infancy, and it was a labor of love,” Stephenie Kennedy, EdD, associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control, said. Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, MD, said Gainor had made a “powerful difference,” adding that he is glad she is staying on to help bring a new Cancer Institute lung cancer screening bus program to fruition. Jim Keresztury, director of the Mountains of Hope Cancer Coalition, said Gainor’s work with the Coalition impacted everyone across West Virginia. Laura Gibson, PhD, senior associate vice president for research and graduate education at HSC and deputy director of the Cancer Institute, said she always appreciated Gainor’s laugh as well as her dedication to the Bus Program. Stacy Tressler, program coordinator, thanked Gainor for being her mentor and boss. Gainor’s daughters Alexis McMillan and Rachael Crites congratulated her on her decades long career and said they were glad that their mom will be able to spend more time at home and with them and their families now.
WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine will host a Relay For Life Kickoff Rally on February 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Atrium. The event is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to learn about the American Cancer Society (ACS) Monongalia County Relay for Life in June and meet WVU Medicine Relay For Life ambassadors and ACS members while enjoying games and snacks. Rally participants will also be able to register their teams online and obtain fundraising information.
WVU Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention and Control, in collaboration with the West Virginia Cancer Registry, has released the 2017 Cancer Burden Report. The report provides updated statewide, age-adjusted incidence rates and counts for cancer diagnosed among West Virginia residents from 2010 to 2014.