Patrick Thomas, an undergraduate cancer researcher in Dr. Laura Gibson's lab, was the winner in the Health Sciences category of the 2017 Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium (SURE). The title of Patrick's poster was Inhibition of mitochondrial respiration in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia within the bone marrow microenvironment. His project looked at how the metabolism of acute lymphoblastic leukemia changes when it interacts with the bone marrow microenvironment. He also evaluated a drug that could be effective in treating leukemia.
Patrick was a summer undergraduate research fellow at the WVU Cancer Institute in 2015 and 2016. He also presented his research at the 2016 and 2017 Undergraduate Research Day at the Capital in Charleston, WV.
Brian Boone, M.D., surgical oncologist in the WVU Medicine Department of Surgery and WVU Cancer Institute, performed the state’s first hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) infusion. This treatment delivers heated, sterilized chemotherapy to the abdomen as a treatment for cancer that has spread to the lining of the abdominal cavity, or peritoneum.
WVU Medicine Obstetrics and Gynecology has experienced remarkable growth over the last two years. By increasing its team of gynecologic oncologists and adding a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, and genetic counselor, the department has expanded its capability to serve gynecologic cancer patients.
The annual Holiday Celebration for WVU Medicine and Health Sciences employees will kick off on Thurs., Dec. 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. at The Market, located on the ground floor of the Health Sciences Center. The Market will close at 11:30 a.m. for the celebration.