Research News

IU Simon Cancer Center Update - July

Mary A. Maxwell, Development Director, IU Simon Cancer Center
(Tuesday, August 9, 2011)
Indianapolis, Indiana Researchers have been quite busy at the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center this summer. Here's the latest news.

From the desk of George Sledge, M.D.

Recently, I had an incredibly enjoyable morning on IU’s Bloomington campus. Pat Miller and I shared the story behind the Vera Bradley Laboratories for Breast Cancer Research with 100 Big Ten Conference fund raisers. Simply put, our presentation was about a shared passion and vision to put suffering from breast cancer in the history books.

On a deeper level, it gave me the opportunity to express gratitude to Pat, Barbara and all of you for helping Indiana University take an international leadership role in breast cancer research. The Vera Bradley Foundation has contributed mightily in launching the growth, impact and prestige of our breast cancer program. Many of you know that I just completed a year as president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). While it was a rare and humbling honor to be the national voice for cancer research, it has been equally inspiring and heart warming to be back home in Indiana with Vera Bradley.

Around the Vera Bradley Labs

  • Milan Radovich, Ph.D., is the newest member of our scientific team. Milan is very familiar with the VB Labs. He has worked with Bryan Schneider, M.D., before and during his three-year doctoral program. Vera Bradley Foundation resources support Milan’s research into the causes of and treatments for Triple Negative disease.
  • Kathy Miller, M.D., is leading the search committee for the Vera Bradley Chair in Oncology and is pleased to report that the June ASCO meeting was an excellent opportunity to scout for scientific talent.
  • Harikrishna Nakshatri, B.V.Sc., Ph.D., who has been named interim co-director of the breast cancer program, celebrated by participating in the Vera Bradley Classic flash mob, “Staying Alive.”

Vera Bradley Foundation Research Update

Chunyan He, Ph.D., is discovering biological differences between the breast cells of women who develop breast cancer and those who do not. Her preliminary data are revealing potential prevention and treatment targets. Chunyan is a molecular epidemiologist, who studies how the environment influences the development of cancer. Vera Bradley Foundation support helped recruit Chunyan to the IU Simon Cancer Center upon completion of her Ph.D. at Harvard University.

Scientists: Drs. Badve, Clare, Clemmer, Firulli, Flockhart, Gilley, Grimes, Hattab, He, Herbert, Hutchins, Ivan, Jotwani, Johnson, Konger, Li, Meroueh, Miller, Mina, Nakshatri, Nephew Novotny, Radovich, Saykin, Schneider, Skaar, Sledge, Slee, Stantz, Storniolo, Vargo-Gogola, Walczak, Wells, Zhang, and Zheng