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Letter from
the Director
Cancer has a global impact — it a ects communities
in every city, in every country, on every continent.
From our home in Hyde Park to communities in Nigeria, patients are facing cancer diagnoses and treatments every day. A universal mission to end cancer unites us all.
But, though we all wage the same  ght, each population is unique. And, our researchers are traveling beyond the con nes of our campus into local communities and other countries to better understand how environment, life- style and genetics impact risk. This growing understanding is leading to better preven- tion strategies and targeted treatments.
In the past year, local, national, and global collaborations and initiatives have led to even greater progress in cancer research
at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center. In this report, we showcase examples of innovation and discovery at home and abroad. We also highlight research in hematological malig- nancies (blood cancers), where UChicago researchers, like the late Dr. Janet D. Rowley, set the stage for today’s advances.
Here in Chicago, our O ce of Community Engagement and Cancer Disparities (OCECD) is continuing to build community partnerships, while encouraging cancer education and screening among the city’s diverse populations. These relationships are fostering more participation in clinical trials and fueling a better understanding of health disparities.
Nationally, Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative has inspired researchers, patients, survivors and legislators to come together to accelerate research. Here at
UChicago, the launch of the National Cancer Institute’s Genomic Data Commons has sparked a national discussion about the need for open access to cancer research data. The dialogue has just begun, and we can’t wait to see where it takes us.
Beyond the borders of the U.S., our research- ers are breaking down barriers of culture and language to better understand how cancer manifests in people of all race, gender and ethnicity. From Bangladesh to Japan, these international e orts are leading to collab- orations at other academic institutions and laying a foundation for a research landscape where we can all work together toward a cure.
This work would not be possible without your continued philanthropy through the University of Chicago Campaign: Inquiry and Impact and the Janet D. Rowley Discovery Fund. We are thankful for all our supporters, near and far, who make this important
work possible.
With sincere gratitude,
Michelle M. Le Beau, PhD
Arthur and Marian Edelstein
Professor of Medicine
Director, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michelle M.
Le Beau, PhD, has been the director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center for 12 years and studied under Janet D. Rowley, MD.
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