From left to right, University Trustee Ann Lurie; Mimi Schapiro; Northwestern President Morton Schapiro; Leonidas Platanias, director of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center; Eric Neilson, vice president for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean of the Feinberg School of Medicine; and Dean Harrison, president and CEO of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare, at the October 22 celebration of the Cancer Institutes within the Lurie Cancer Center.
October marked a major step forward for Northwestern Medicine with the launch of the new Cancer Institutes. On October 22, nearly 200 members of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, leaders from across Northwestern University and Northwestern Medicine, and supporters and friends came together to celebrate the start of the Cancer Institutes within the Lurie Cancer Center. As a part of the evening's program, research teams from the Lurie Cancer Center presented nearly 30 posters with topics ranging from clinical trials in thoracic oncology, global health, and brain tumor immunotherapy, to integrative medicine, genome sequencing, and survivorship.
The Cancer Institutes are a part of a new era for the Lurie Cancer Center, which is led with distinction by Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, the Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin, and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology. Through 17 emerging cancer institutes and the introduction of innovative new programs, Dr. Platanias and the devoted physicians, scientists, and staff of the Lurie Cancer Center are working to establish Chicago as an international hub for cancer care.
"Breakthrough programs at the Lurie Cancer Center are bridging basic science and clinical care. These collaborative efforts will help Northwestern Medicine become a global leader in the delivery of personalized cancer treatment," said Eric G. Neilson, MD, vice president for medical affairs and Lewis Landsberg Dean, who welcomed all to the evening’s program. "I have no doubt that our scientists and clinicians will champion new discoveries in cancer that will change the lives of patients and their families, now and in the future," he said.
Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University, recognized the Lurie Cancer Center's many loyal supporters at the launch and the impact of the greater Northwestern Medicine community on their efforts.
"When you have great faculty, staff, students, and sustaining philanthropic partners, you can create magic. It is amazing to talk to people with tears in their eyes who have benefited from incredible care at Northwestern. It's about making the world a better place, and no place does that better than Northwestern," said President Schapiro.
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