The WVU wrestling team is raising breast cancer awareness and supporting research to fight the disease. During the annual Cradles for Cancer pink match on Feb. 11, the Mountaineers collaborated with WVU Medicine and the WVU Cancer Institute to offer fans the chance to own an official pink Mountaineer T-shirt in exchange for a $10 dollar minimum donation to the Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Program.
More than $700 was raised through the shirts, and an additional $1,000 donation to the program came from Monarch Youth Wrestling in Glen Dale, WV. In just one week, the young wrestlers and their parents raised the money by asking for donations from their friends and family members. Monarch Coach Joe Giovengo said he and his staff wanted to teach the kids about “giving back, caring for one another, and supporting a great cause that has affected so many people.” Giovengo, who was recently diagnosed with cancer, and his family, including his mother, a two-time breast cancer survivor, were all honored during the pink wrestling match.
Lauren F. Gibson, Ph.D., senior associate vice president for research and graduate education at WVU Health Sciences, has been selected as a fellow in the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program for Women at Drexel University College of Medicine.
Patrick Ma, M.D., co-leader of the WVU Cancer Institute Sara Crile Allen & James Frederick Allen Comprehensive Lung Cancer Program and director of the Clinical Lung Cancer Program, and Xiaoliang Wu, M.D., Ph.D., postdoctoral research fellow in Dr. Ma’s lab, were featured presenters at the 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Scientific Meeting this June.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Common Fund announces fiscal year 2019 funding opportunities for the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, New Innovator Award, Transformative Research Award, and Early Independence Award in the High-Risk, High-Reward Research program.