The Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Health hospital system are launching an unprecedented $150 million research collaboration. Each institution is putting up $75 million for the five year effort, called the Strategic Research Initiative. The research will focus on cancer, heart disease and neuroscience. “The endpoint is really to develop personalized medicine and… Continue reading IU Medical School, Health System Announce $150 Million Research Initiative
The director of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness has delivered an assessment of the health of Louisville citizens and some strategies for improvement. Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt has been studying the city’s health statistics—the latest available are from 2009. Nesbitt says the smoking rate among Louisville adults was almost 24 percent, down slightly… Continue reading Nesbitt: Many Louisvillians Face Health Problems From Smoking, Weight
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology at Columbia University, and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center, has devoted his life to caring for cancer patients. As a researcher, he runs a laboratory on the forefront of discovering new cancer drugs for leukemia and mylodysplasia. He spoke about his… Continue reading The Future of Cancer Treatments with Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D.
WFPL is proud to sponsor the University of Louisville’s Kentucky Author Forum presentation of Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee and Dr. David Scadden on October 13th at the Kentucky Center. Dr. Mukherjee is a Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, staff physician at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and the author of The Emperor… Continue reading Win tickets to see Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee at Kentucky Author Forum
Officials have cut the ribbon on a new cancer treatment facility in downtown Louisville. The Norton Cancer Center at Floyd and Broadway has been under construction since January 2010. It will open next week and is capable of providing aggressive radiation treatments on adults and children. The center will undoubtedly see a large number of… Continue reading Downtown Cancer Center to Open Next Week
STATE OF AFFAIRS 03/08/11: Recent statistics list Louisville as the fourth highest city in the nation for colon cancer deaths. Estimates are that 60% of current colon cancer deaths could be prevented with regular screening, but not all who are at-risk are regularly screened. We’ll talk to medical professionals and a colon cancer survivor from the Colon Cancer Prevention Project about causes, treatments, and prevention. Listen to the Show
The group isn’t lobbying for any specific legislation, but they do support a statewide indoor smoking ban, similar to the law currently on the books in Louisville.
STATE OF AFFAIRS 01/12/11: This week, Kentucky African Americans Against Cancer celebrates its 20th anniversary. Their mission is to reduce the impact of cancer on the community – African Americans have the highest cancer mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group. This Wednesday we’ll learn about what factors contribute to poorer outcomes for black cancer patients and what healthcare professionals are doing to decrease the incidence of cancer in the African American community – and increase survival rates for those who do get the disease. Listen to the Show
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a 1.5 million dollar grant to the University of Louisville for a new oncology program.
The program focuses on palliative care, which combines medicine, nursing, social work and religious education to provide broad care for cancer patients.
The Norton Cancer Institute has been chosen by the National Cancer Institute to become a Community Cancer Center.