December 30, 2016
2016 was an eventful year, to say the least. From the U.S. Presidential Election to Brexit, the orbiting of the Juno spacecraft to the inevitable goodbye to Michelle Obama’s biceps, there has never been a dull moment in the past three hundred and sixty-five days. Women’s health has been in the spotlight too, with healthcare and reproductive rights at the forefront of many heated discussions in the United States.
This year alone, Magee-Womens Research Institute has made waves in women’s health research that will have long-lasting effects.
Our researchers come from a variety of backgrounds and specialties. This list in no way encompasses all of our scientists’ achievements, but will hopefully give you a small sampling of what MWRI achieved this past year.
- Improved Targeted Therapy for Breast Cancer: MWRI and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) discovered that precision medicine and tailored treatments for breast cancer can improve diagnosis and therapies for patients with breast tumors and brain metastatic tumors.
- Women’s Cardiovascular Health: Carl Hubel, PhD; Robert Powers, PhD; Janet Catov, PhD; and Jim Roberts, MD received a $3.7 million dollar grant from the American Heart Association to examine cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its early risks and causes through the lens of pregnancy.
- HIV Prevention Around the World: The Microbicide Trials Network (MTN) housed within Magee-Womens Research Institute announced the launch of the HOPE Study to investigate the link between vaginal ring use and HIV prevention.
- Patient Advocates Lead the Way at Breast Cancer Symposium: The first International Invasive Lobular Cancer (ILC) Symposium in the world was held in Pittsburgh in September 2016 in conjunction with MWRI and UPCI. 32 of the world’s leading ILC researchers attended to discuss with patients the latest clinical research related to the second most common subtype of breast cancer.
- Fighting the Zika Epidemic: MWRI’s director, Yoel Sadovsky, MD, is a part of the Cura Zika Alliance—an ongoing international partnership to uncover the relationship between Zika and microcephaly, and discover a vaccine. Learn more about what Cura Zika is doing to fight the Zika virus here.
Make 2017 an even bigger year of accomplishments for women’s health. Donate to Magee-Womens Research Institute today.