Record number participate in IUSCC Cancer Research Day

May 28, 2015

A record number of people presented research May 21 during the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center's annual Cancer Research Day. 

One hundred and forty-two graduate and medical students, clinical nurses, postdoctoral and medical fellows, and research technicians conducting cancer research at IUPUI, IU Bloomington, Purdue University and the Harper Cancer Research Institute -- a collaboration between the IU School of Medicine and the University of Notre Dame -- submitted abstracts in four categories: 

  • Basic science
  • Behavioral science
  • Population science/epidemiology
  • Translational/clinical research

Participants competed for certificates and cash awards for winning scientific posters.

"We had another successful Cancer Research Day in which researchers and future researchers shared their findings from studies from a variety of cancers," said Harikrishna Nakshatri, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., associate director of education at the IU Simon Cancer Center. "Poster abstracts were presented on everything from multiple myeloma to brain tumors, as well as pancreatic, breast, prostate and other cancers. It was a day of learning and sharing."

Nancy Davidson, M.D., presented the keynote address, "Tackling Hormone Resistance in Breast Cancer." Dr. Davidson is director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, associate vice chancellor for cancer research and professor of medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Cancer Research Day is an annual event that aims to increase understanding and awareness of IU Simon Cancer Center research endeavors and encourage collaboration with other cancer research institutions in Indiana.