A few evenings ago Charlie and I visited the University of Maryland Medical Center to hear information on the advances being made in treating blood cancers and to take a tour of the labs with the researchers.
This evening was sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Maryland which funds much of the research that takes place both at the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins.
We were interested to learn that much of the research done for blood cancers creates therapies that are used in treating and curing other cancers and diseases since blood is easier to obtain and study than putting a part of a person under a microscope.
Our Guides were Maria Baer, MD and Eduardo Davila, PhD who work in cancer research, more specifically blood cancers, and have received grants from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Our own family has been touched by leukemia and so it is heartening to learn the strides that have been made not only in the last 30 years or 15 years but also last week. The grant money helps provide equipment and staffing for research that uncovers proteins which block chemotherapy.
This group has found an inhibitor that opens the door for medicines to work better and in smaller doses.
It’s clear the researchers are highly intelligent, extremely devoted, and ultimately passionate about their work.
We’re proud to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s cause which not only supports research but also directly impacts patients. While cures have been developed, more are being sought for those very resistant forms of cancer. Thank you to everyone.
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