For the first time, Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) has expanded outside of Pittsburgh with Magee-Womens Research Institute in Erie. Thanks to a grant from the Erie Community Foundation (ECF), made to the Hamot Health Foundation (HHF) in partnership with UPMC, Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation (MWRIF) and Penn State Behrend, we will bring research expertise and clinical trials in areas including reproductive development, pregnancy and newborn medicine, infectious disease, gynecology, reproductive endocrinology, women’s cancers and women’s wellness.
Together with cancer clinicians from UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, our researchers will work to identify potential new diseases where genetics may be a significant factor. Magee-Womens Research Institute in Erie will raise the level of care for women in Erie, and it will build upon the reputation and clinical expertise we have brought to Erie through UPMC Magee and UPMC Hillman by adding research and clinical trials specific to the community.
Halina Zyczynski, MD, a longtime UPMC physician and researcher, is the medical director of the new Magee-Womens Research Institute in Erie.
“We are already actively recruiting clinicians, nurses, investigators and support staff for this ambitious project,” said Zyczynski. “It’s exciting for Erie to invest in the cornerstones of urban revitalization including health care, research and education, and I look forward to having a greater presence in this community.”
“MWRI is uniquely qualified to provide specific research for women because we are focused solely on women’s health, reproductive biology and infertility,” said MWRI Chief Executive Officer Michael Annichine. "Our researchers have a direct impact on women's lives every day, whether they are developing new therapies that could prevent the reoccurrence of ovarian cancer, or investigating pregnancy complications and their lifelong effects on health. We strongly believe healthier women create healthier communities. This is why we are so proud and excited to expand our groundbreaking research and cutting-edge clinical trials to Erie.”
MWRI-PSB Collaborative Research Seed Grant
The MWRI-PSB Collaborative Research Seed Grant Charter was established to promote collaboration between investigators of Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) and Penn State Behrend (PSB). These funds are designed to provide short-term funding of a pilot project or to fund a new direction of an existing project that will lead to competitive applications for externally-sponsored grants.
The awarded grants for 2020/21 are:
Role of signal-induced oxidation of ERK in substrate selection important for cell migration. Jeremiah Keyes, PhD and Carola Neumann, MD.
Using environmentally realistic PCB exposure levels to estimate the risk of breast cancer development in Erie county residents. Adam M. Simpson, PhD, Ashley E. Russell, PhD, Jeremiah Keyes, PhD, Samuel A. Nutile, PhD and Ronald J. Buckanovich, MD.
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