Research News

IU Simon Cancer Center Update - February

Mary A. Maxwell, Development Director, IU Simon Cancer Center
(Thursday, March 22, 2012)
Indianapolis, Indiana Researchers are making discoveries every day at the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. Meet Monet Bowling, M.D., mom, wife, tea drinker ... and an amazing surgeon who has a special loving touch.

The Vera Bradley team welcomed Chloe on February 10 when breast surgeon Monet Bowling gave birth. Monet and husband, Don, also have 3-year-old twins, Don and Raymond. Monet admits she’s looking forward to the additional pink “and some estrogen in my house.”

Whether at home or on the job, Monet enjoys nurturing and taking care of others. “I love watching a patient go from fear to acceptance to comfort to survivorship and knowing that in some way, shape or form, I help put people's minds at ease.” One of Monet’s most enjoyable duties is mentoring medical students and residents and then watching their careers flourish.

Monet is also passionate about the cancer center’s work in Kenya. She first traveled to Kenya as a medical student and plans to return with her family. “It changed my life to experience how medicine can be delivered so differently. There’s such a lack of resources there.”

Monet typically wakes up at 3:30 each morning to enjoy a cup of tea by herself and read her emails. And every Thursday morning at 5, you’ll find her getting her hair done. After all, a girl has to look good—even in scrubs.

Vera Bradley Advantage Breast cancer—like most cancers—is on the rise in countries like Kenya, where access to care is virtually non-existent. As part of the cancer center’s Global Health Program, members of the Vera Bradley team are helping to provide early detection and appropriate treatment. They are also initiating ground-breaking research to learn why certain breast cancers disproportionately affect women of African descent. It’s just another example of the worldwide impact of Vera Bradley research.

It’s official! George Sledge is now certifiably “distinguished.” The IU Board of Trustees conferred the title of IU Distinguished Professor on George at their January meeting. Congratulations!

We Thank You! Drs. Badve, Clare, Clemmer, Firulli, Flockhart, Gilley, Grimes, Han, 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.