By Wendy Sarubbi | November 2, 2015 8:55 am

The College of Medicine went pink October 26 to support breast cancer survivors and research a disease that hits one of eight women. The effort was the idea of the new Cancer Research Division at the college’s Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences.

Those wearing pink for the day included Dean Deborah German, faculty, staff, M.D. and biomedical sciences graduate students and even Ion, the medical school’s therapy dog.

UCF College of Medicine cancer researchers are focused on how a patient’s genes play a role in cancer risk, discovering new ways to harness the immune system to fight cancer and identifying new targets for treatment. The mission of the Division of Cancer Research is to bring to the forefront, through research and education, the wealth of knowledge that basic scientists have discovered about the underlying causes of cancer.

The division’s goal is to partner with the physicians who care for cancer patients and basic scientists, including those in neuroscience, cardiovascular disease, infectious disease, immunology or nanotechnology to find ways to prevent cancer, treat it earlier, keep it from spreading or reoccurring years later and understand why treatments work for some patients and not for others. This collaborative approach harnesses expertise in cutting edge science to bring us closer to finding a cure for cancers that are causes of human mortality like the metastatic forms of breast cancer or prostate cancer and the rapidly progressing types of pancreatic, lung and ovarian cancer.


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