More than 100 people from the Morgantown area took advantage of this year’s skin cancer screening at the Cancer Institute’s Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center last Thursday. Several of them, like Sara Moreland participate in the screening every year.
“There are places on your body, like your back, that are not easy to see, so to have those areas checked for free annually is a great service,” said Moreland.
Ronnie Moorehead appreciated the screening because of several spots that concerned him. “I have a lot of moles and a family history of them, plus I’m a runner and spend a lot of time outdoors, and thought I better be checked.”
The Cancer Center screening was a convenient service for Jolynn Kisner, who works at WVU. She was relieved to learn that the spot on her nose wasn’t cancerous.
The WVU Cancer Institute vigorously promotes cancer screening tests, like the free skin cancer screening, because early detection improves patient outcomes.
Photo: Jolynn Kisner is examined by Roxann Powers, M.D.
Hoping to speed up the move from idea to application, West Virginia University and 23 other regional institutions have come together to create a “virtual hub” that will ultimately help speed the commercialization of groundbreaking university research.
WVCTSI and the WVU Mountaineer Health Initiative are co-sponsoring a town hall meeting to highlight research taking place across the state. “Conversation and Collaboration: WVU Community-Based Researchers and Outreach Staff Making a Difference,” offers attendees the chance to learn about the range of community engaged research and outreach across the state, meet colleagues engaged in similar work, identify common issues, and ascertain better ways to support each other in the field.
WVU cancer researcher Wei Du, MD, PhD, teamed up with researchers from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to focus on improving outcomes and reducing side effects of traditional stem cell transplant. Their work was recently published in Leukemia, one of the top journals in hematology.