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Grant Recipients

The Research Luncheon is tomorrow and we are proud to be honoring this year’s grant recipients.

Research Luncheon Grant Recipients:

Dr. Judith Stitt Woman Faculty Scholar Grant

Recipient: Roberta Strigel, M.S., M.D.– Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Breast MRI is the most sensitive modality for the detection of breast cancer, but specificity remains imperfect due to the overlap in appearance between benign and malignant lesions. Dr. Strigel’s research involves developing accelerated MRI data acquisition techniques and advanced reconstruction methods to improve the diagnostic accuracy of breast MRI. Her aim is to develop a breast MRI examination providing simultaneous high spatial and temporal resolution which can be retrospectively optimized to the individual patient, increasing diagnostic accuracy and specificity for breast cancer, and allowing this powerful tool to be utilized in an expanded group of patients. Overall, her goal is to provide imaging tools for the early detection of breast cancer to ultimately improve care and decrease mortality in women with (and at risk for) breast cancer. Women are the subjects and the expected beneficiaries of this research because they are the primary patient population at risk for breast cancer.

Markos Family Breast Cancer Research Grant

Recipient: Gui Su, PhD– Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison

The insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) axis plays a critical role in breast cancer progression and has been linked to resistance to chemotherapy and hormone therapy in breast cancer. Dr. Su has made significant contributions to the project of investigating the interaction of stromal fibroblast and breast cancer cells. She has greatly driven the progress of the project by miniaturizing a 3D collagen gel co-culture model into a microfluidic 3D co-culture system. In this system, Dr. Su is able to utilize primary mammary fibroblasts, which are isolated from breast cancer patient’s specimen and are usually in limited amount, to simultaneously screen the paracrine function of multiple stromal factors. By using microfluidic 3D co-culture system, Dr. Su has discovered a tumor-grade dependent functional hierarchical network of stromal factors in carcinoma associated mammary fibroblasts. She will further research this interesting discovery.



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