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July 2013: The Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology awarded Jessica Li with a Performance Award. 

July 2013: Our work just got published in Breast Cancer Research and PLOS ONE! 

In Breast Cancer Research: Cancer stem cell markers are enriched in normal tissue adjacent to triple negative breast cancer and inversely correlated with DNA repair deficiency. By RL Atkinson , WT Yang, AA Sahin, DG Rosen, MD Landis, H Wong, MT Lewis, CJ Creighton, SG Hilsenbeck, KR Sexton, AM Brewster, WA Woodward* & JC Chang*.

In PLOS ONE: Anti-Helminthic Drug Pyrvinium Pamoate Targets Aggressive Breast Cancer Through Wnt Inhibition. By W Xu, L Lacerda, B Debeb, RL Atkinson, T Solley, L Li,  D Orten, A Klopp, N Ueno, J Reuben, S Krishnamurthy, J McMurray & WA Woodward*.

May 2013: Dr. Woodward was a finalist of the 2013 Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award for her outstanding mentorship.

November 2012: Adam Wolfe received the Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCTS) T32 Training Fellowship for the project titled Statins inhibit the tumor associated macrophage inflammatory response leading to inhibition of breast cancer growth and metastasis by making tumor-initiating cells more radiosensitive. The CCTS T32 program provides stipends for PhD students whose dissertation research is clearly translational or addresses a problem that has direct clinical implications.

October 2012: Dr. Lara Lacerda received the Trainee of the Quarter recognition award for the June 2012- August 2012 cycle from the department of Trainee and Alumni Affairs at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Trainee of the Quarter is a program developed to recognize outstanding postgraduate trainees currently appointed at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

September 2012: Our work just published in Stem Cells! Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors Stimulate Dedifferentiation of Human Breast Cancer Cells through WNT/β-catenin Signaling.

August 2012: Our lab moved! We are still in the main building at MD Anderson Cancer Center, but now the lab is located in floor 6, room Y6.6067.

July 2012: The Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology awarded Richard Larson with a Performance Award. 

June 2012: Dan Smith was awarded funding as a Johnson Foundation Graduate Student Center for Stem Cell and Developmental Biology Scholar to develop the project titled Wnt/β-catenin signaling drives the tumorigenicity and radiation resistance of cancer stem cells and Dr. Woodward awarded a Transformative Pilot Grant, both sponsored by the Center for Stem Cell & Developmental Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. 

May 2012: Dr. Lara Lacerda awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Research Program to develop the project titled The Role of the Malignant Pleural Effusion on Expansion of Tumor Initiating Cells in Breast Cancer Metastasis.

April 2012: Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) Network Foundation raised $30,000 to support a clinical study led by Dr. Wendy Woodward in the Morgan Welch IBC Research Program and Clinic at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The check presentation ceremony was attended by IBC Network Foundation founder, Ms. Terry Arnold, Dr. Woodward, IBC survivors and supporters and Morgan Welch IBC Research Program and Clinic team members.

(Photo credit: Morgan Welch IBC Research Program)

January 2012: Dr. Rachel Atkinson was featured in the periodical publication Directions from Washburn University College of Arts & Sciences in the article Washburn's Women in Science.

November 2011: Lab members prepared a surprise baby shower for Dr. Woodward at the weekly lab meeting.

October 2011: Woodward Lab joined the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Team at the Komen Houston Race for the Cure®.

 

September 2011: Dr. Woodward was appointed as Associate Professor and as Section Chief of Breast Radiation Oncology at the Department of Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology and as Deputy Director of the Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program, all at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

June 2011: Dr. Bisrat Debeb has been appointed as Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

April 2011: Woodward Lab at the 2011 Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award ceremony (photo). Dr. Woodward was presented with a special crystal award for her outstanding mentorship.

Dr. Wendy Woodward with lab members

April 2011: Dr. Wei Xu awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship sponsored by Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Research Program to develop the project titled The Effect of a Dietary Supplement Silibinin on Breast Cancer Tumor Initiating Cells in Inflammatory Breast Cancer.

March 2011: Dr. Rachel Atkinson received a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Society of Preventive Oncology sponsored by The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Dr. Atkinson is also continuing her education with the pursuit of an MPH with the support from the National Cancer Institute R25T Postdoctoral Cancer Prevention Fellowship.

January 2011: Dr. Lara Lacerda was selected as the Employee of the Quarter within the Division of Radiation Oncology. She was recognized at the Division’s All Staff Meeting on January 28.

January 2011: Dr. Wendy Woodward has been selected as one of the five finalists for the 2011 Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award and will be recognized at a ceremony to be held on April 26.

December 2010: Dr. Bisrat Debeb received the AACR-Susan G. Komen Minority Scholars Scholarship supported by Susan G. Komen for the Cure to support attendance at the 33rd Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS), December 8-12, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.


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