2022 Trainee Society Social Event

Trainee Society Social Event 2022. First in-person event since 2019.

2022 Research Retreat Trainee Award Winners with Howard Bailey, MD

Congratulations to the 2022 Research Retreat Award winners. Kourtney Kostecki, Jenna Hansen, Shirsa Udgata, and presenter UWCCC Director Howard Bailey.

Additional Society Info

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Current Trainee Society Leadership Team

Rebecca Hutcheson – Cellular &Molecular Pathology                          Lauren Banaszak – Chief Resident/Clinical Fellow

Alexa Barres Heaton – Hematology/Oncology                                       Mayra Betancourt Ponce – Ob-Gyn Gynecologic Oncology

Andrew Lynch – Hematology/Oncology                                                  Shawn Damodharan – Pediatric Oncology

Alexandra Soukup – Hematology                                                              Erica Hoffmann – Cell and Regenerative Biology

Rahul Das – Hematology/Oncology                                                          Taja Lozar – Oncology

Kristine Donahue – Oncology                                                                     Clayton Marcinak – Clinical Fellow/Department of Surgery

Lauren Montemorano – Ob-Gyn Clinical Fellow                                    Loyda Braithwaite – Hematology, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care

Jennifer Stevens – Oncology                                                                       Johanna Poterala – Medicine Clinical Fellow

Nan Sethakorn – Hematology/Oncology                                                 Tanaya Purohit – Urology

Cristina Paz – Surgery/Human Oncology                                                Jack Shireman – Neurological Surgery

Megan Bacabac – Grad Student

                                                                                                                   Recent Alumni of this Committee:

                                                                                                                         Jennifer Bird – Population Health PhD Graduate

                                                                                                                         Jeremy Kratz – Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care

Activities and Benefits

  • Quarterly advisory panel meetings
    • Recommendations on how they could benefit from the center, planning for honors opportunities, ideas to unify cancer related trainees
  • Review grant applications for undergraduate educational grants
  • Serve on the Carbone Research Retreat planning committee
    • Recommendations/Judging of trainee presentations and awards
  • Possible Honors
    • Society trainee specific funding opportunities (travel awards, small research awards)
    • Opportunities to speak at community events
    • Host Cancer Center tours or nominate other to lead tours
    • Best paper awards
    • Grand Rounds presentation

Membership Process

NOMINATION INFORMATION

  • Members will be added each year for the leadership cohort
  • 2-year term
  • Application due date is in November 2022
  • Review and Notifications mid December 2022

APPLICATION PROCESS AND COMPONENTS

  • Work with your mentor to complete the application via Smartsheet. Link here (Fall of 2022) and scroll down to Open Nomination section.
  • Trainee – Brief statement of application
  • Trainee – Resume/biosketch
  • Mentor – Letter of recommendation

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION:

  • Trainee levels eligible – graduate, medical, postdoctoral, residents, fellows
  • Musts be working with Cancer Center faculty, conducting cancer-focused research and/or are engaged in oncology-related clinical training.
  • Trainee should have demonstrated involvement in research events, committees, cancer related organizations
  • Mentor recommendation on trainee demonstration or expression of research excellence, professionalism, dedication.
  • Please keep in mind UW-Madison’s statement on diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW–Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community

Please contact members of the existing leadership team for more information on the society and their experiences at UWCCCtrainees@mailplus.wisc.edu

Research Resources

This society is named in honor and memory of two amazing scientists

Heidi DvingeHeidi Dvinge, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry and member of the Carbone Cancer Center, passed away unexpectedly in September 2019. With great sorrow over the loss of a brilliant young scientist, colleague, mentor and friend, we honor her memory and her scholarly work. Dvinge had been a member of the School of Medicine and Public Health faculty. Her research program was dedicated to understanding how misregulation of RNA processing contributes to disease, and how changes that occur in RNA splicing processes in cancer cells might be exploited to allow new therapeutic approaches. Her research interwove the disciplines of molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics and oncology with a combination of precision and creativity. “She had the knowledge and ability to conduct science involving big data, but at the same time, she had finesse for experimental science in the lab — a very rare combination.” Says Emery Bresnick, PhD, leader of the UW Carbone Cancer Center’s Genetics and Epigenetics Program. The scientific world took note of Dvinge’s brilliance: Over the past five years alone, her publications have been cited more than 4,600 times.

She was a skilled mentor to undergraduates and graduate students, serving as a faculty mentor in the Integrated Program in Biochemistry, the Graduate Program in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and the Genetics PhD program.

Patricia Keely, PhD, was Professor of Cell and Regenerative Biology andPatricia Keely co-leader of the Tumor Micro-environment Group at Carbone Cancer Center. It would be easy to simply say Dr. Patti Keely was a world-class, nationally recognized breast cancer researcher at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. And, that would be correct – but only part of the picture. Patti transformed her personal cancer diagnosis into experiential learning opportunities that inspired her to dive deeper in search of a cure for the disease. Keely died in 2017 of advanced pancreatic cancer. Her prolific research career, which includes countless publications, was most recently focused on cell signaling related to cellular differentiation and transformation and included her sentinel research on the role of the cellular micro-environment in the behavior of breast cancer cells.

Her leadership, mentor ship and her collaborative nature allowed her to make a tremendous impact in this world, according to Dr. Howard Bailey, associate dean for oncology and director of the Carbone Cancer Center. “She leaves behind a remarkable legacy as an outstanding scientist, dedicated mentor, strong academic leader, and caring and committed person,” said Dr. Robert Golden, dean of the School of Medicine and Public Health.

CONTACT US

                                                                      Mary Nutt                                                                    Mary Headington 

                                                                  Assistant Director of                                                                 Cancer Research

                                                   Translational Research and Education                                             Training Coordinator

                                                                    mpnutt@wisc.edu                                                                 headington@wisc.edu