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New endowed chair to focus on ovarian cancer

New endowed chair to focus on ovarian cancer

Search is underway to fill professorship funded by alumna and her husband

The partnership between Mary Lake Polan, M.D. ’75, Ph.D. ’70, M.P.H., and Frank Bennack is unique, more than simply a marriage. Both have a strong commitment to giving back, and they share a vision of philanthropy as a route to improving life for others.

With an interest in women’s health, this past winter they created the Mary Lake Polan, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. Professorship with a $3 million gift. There will be a nationwide search to fill the chair, which is the medical school’s first endowed...

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New endowed chair to focus on ovarian cancer

Advances in melanoma research inspire generous new funding support

Thirty years ago, a person with metastatic melanoma had a 5 to 10 percent chance of long-term survival. Today, estimates of five-year survival range from 40 to 50 percent. This substantial progress is due in large part to recent advances in immunotherapy, which activates the body’s own defenses to attack tumors.

In certain instances, activation may involve disabling the body’s own roadblocks against immune system...

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Donor to School of Medicine research says melanoma is a personal issue

Donor to School of Medicine research says melanoma is a personal issue

Jon Sokoloff lost his mother to melanoma 15 years ago. Since then, he and his wife Sheryl have sought to do everything they can to support research into more effective treatments. The couple began funding research through the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) 10 years ago. In...

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