The Monongalia County Board of Education has made a donation to the WVU Cancer Institute to support clinical research.
Board members Dr. Clarence Harvey, Jr., Mike Kelly, Nancy Walker, Dr. Barbara Parsons, and Ron Lytle, along with superintendent Dr. Frank Devono and former board member Joe Statler, recently directed their gift to the Norma Mae Huggins Cancer Research Endowment Fund in memory of their friend and colleague Stephen Cook who passed away early this month.
Cook served on the board of education ten years, and served four years as executive board member to the West Virginia School Board Association and one year as president-elect. Additionally, Cook had ties to West Virginia University, including 23 years as a faculty member with the WVU Institute for Labor Studies and Research. He also enjoyed WVU basketball.
"The family is very proud of dad’s accomplishments and hard work,” members of Stephen Cook’s family, said. “We would like to thank everyone for their stories and memories of dad, and also for the thoughts and prayers for us in this difficult time."
Pictured (L-R): Members of Stephen Cook’s family Mike Radabaugh, Jaxon Radabaugh, Stephanie Radabaugh, Matt Cook, and Virginia Abbott, and Scarlett Schneider, PHD, senior director of development at the WVU Cancer Institute
Defense Health Program
The WVU Cancer Institute is applying for a Certificate of Need with the West Virginia Health Care Authority for a mobile lung cancer screening program, which will be called LUCAS. This program would increase access to screening for patients in rural areas and address the growing demand for cancer services in the state.
WVU Medicine Physician Presents at International Society of Intraoperative Radiation Therapy Conference
Christopher P. Cifarelli, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the WVU Medicine Gamma Knife program and member of the WVU Cancer Institute Research Programs, presented a talk on his team’s research during the 2018 ISIORT conference in Mannheim, Germany. Dr. Cifarelli presented two sessions: Feasibility of Dose Escalation Using Intraoperative Radiotherapy Following Resection of Large Brain Metastases Compared to Post-operative SRS and Neurosurgical Nuances of IORT for Intracranial Lesions. The work focuses on a novel use of radiation delivered to the brain at the time of surgery as a means to decrease long-term radiation doses and improve overall outcomes for patients with metastatic and primary brain tumors. The conference had about 300 specialists from over 20 nations in attendance. Dr. Cifarelli is a faculty member in the WVU Department of Neurosurgery and a member of the Radiation Oncology team at WVU Cancer Institute. This work was co-authored by Joshua Hack MS, Geraldine M. Jacobson MD, and J. Austin Vargo MD.