Women's History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, the V Foundation is celebrating some of our female scientists who are changing the game in cancer research. The V Foundation recognizes diversity and inclusion in science means more great minds are aligned on the same mission – defeating cancer. These researchers are finding answers to questions, developing new treatments, inspiring other women in STEM and moving us one step closer to Victory Over Cancer®. We are proud to support their innovative research.

Here’s a look at a few of our V-funded female researchers who are leading the charge:

Donita Brady, Ph.D., the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Dr. Donita Brady is taking a new approach to pancreatic cancer, focusing on how dietary metals like copper play a role in the processes cancer cells use to communicate and survive.

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Gianna Hammer, Ph.D., Duke Cancer Center

Dr. Gianna Hammer’s work takes a look at how the bacteria that live in your gut are related to the growth of colon cancer tumors.

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Qing Chen, M.D., Ph.D., The Wistar Institute

Breast cancer survivors can face up to a 50% chance of developing metastases in their brain, and Dr. Qing Chen wants to take a close look at those cells that settle in the brain from other parts of the body to develop new life-saving therapies.

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Smita Bhatia, M.D., School of Medicine Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Smita Bhatia is looking to improve the lives of children after they beat cancer by working to limit the side effects from drugs commonly used in cancer treatment.

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Christine Chio, Ph.D., Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Christine Chio is taking a long look at the role antioxidants play in cancer, and showing they may actually fuel the growth and metastases of certain types of tumors.

More on Dr. Chio