UK's Markey Center Holds Annual Cancer Research Day Event

Apr 15, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The University of Kentucky’s Markey Cancer Center held its annual Cancer Research Day on Monday.  Over 140 posters lined the halls of UK’s Singletary Center, highlighting recent research.

Dr. Mark Evers is the director of UK's Markey Cancer Center
Dr. Mark Evers is the director of UK's Markey Cancer Center
Credit UK Healthcare

Director Mark Evers says Markey should hear word soon regarding its application to the National Cancer Institute for designation as Kentucky’s first and only national cancer center.

“I think more importantly are many of the indirect benefits which include the fact that our Kentuckians will not have to go outside the state to get advanced treatment.  We’ll have access to additional funding that is only available that’s only available to NCI designated cancer centers, and clinical trials that are only available through NCI designated cancer centers," Evers told WUKY.

Dr. Evers adds such a designation would allow families to remain in-state when seeking advanced cancer care.

This year’s event featured oral presentations by a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow and a senior researcher; faculty oral presentations by breast oncologist Dr. Suleiman Massarweh and director of the UK Nanobiotechnology Center Peixuan Guo; the State of the Cancer Center Address by Dr. Evers; and the Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture given by Dr. David Sabatini from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.