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Annual Report - Winter 2009

Momentum Around the Globe

Searching for the Right Opportunities
Formalizing an East-West Partnership
Teaming with German Research Center
Targeting Breast Cancer in Other Countries

MD Anderson’s reputation for excellence in cancer research, treatment, education and prevention is longstanding. For years, it has shared its experience and expertise with other oncologists and health care professionals around the world. Building on that solid foundation, the institution is developing more formal partnerships and initiatives that will help increase the level of cancer knowledge and, ultimately, decrease the burden of cancer internationally.

Searching for the Right Opportunities

Having filled three key leadership positions, the Center for Global Oncology is poised to help MD Anderson further share its cancer research and treatment expertise in Texas, the United States and beyond. Vice presidents for global business development (Mitch Latinkic), global academic programs (Karen Fields, M.D.) and global clinical programs (Eduardo Diaz, M.D.) have teamed up to provide a cohesive, strategic approach to new opportunities. The virtual center focuses on educational and research collaborations, clinical business consulting and extending our approach in the care of patients with local, national and international partners.

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Formalizing an East-West Partnership

MD Anderson’s sister institution agreement with the Sir Y.K. Pao Centre for Cancer and Hong Kong Cancer Institute at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is based on shared missions of scientific discovery, patient care, education and prevention. The two institutions identified nasopharyngeal carcinoma, hepatocellular carcinoma and glioma as initial research focus areas. Additionally, the collaboration aims to establish a clinical trial network among China, East Asia and MD Anderson, and educational exchange programs for postgraduate students, clinical fellows and oncology nurses with onsite training opportunities at CUHK.

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Teaming with German Research Center

German Cancer Research Center

A sister institution agreement with the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) formalized long-standing relationships among faculty at MD Anderson and Germany’s premier comprehensive cancer center, which is particularly renowned for excellence in basic cancer research. The National Center for Tumor Diseases at Heidelberg is the clinical arm of DKFZ. Among novel collaborative research projects involving DKFZ and MD Anderson is the use of high-throughput, genome-wide RNAi screens in cultured cells to discover genes that, when inactivated, will specifically kill cancer cells but not normal cells.

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Targeting Breast Cancer in Other Countries

More than 30 MD Anderson scientists and physicians serve on an advisory board for new breast cancer partnerships in Latin America and the Middle East:

Mexico

MD Anderson is the lead United States-based medical partner in a collaborative effort in Mexico to advance progress against breast cancer, the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women in that country. Working through the Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research of the Americas, the effort is driving awareness, research, training, community outreach and women’s empowerment. The initiative teams MD Anderson with Asociacion Mexicana contra el Cancer de Mama, A.C., Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia, the U.S. Department of State and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Middle East

In the first solo visit of an American first lady to Saudi Arabia, Laura Bush led a delegation to Riyadh to expand the United States-Middle East Partnership for Breast Cancer Awareness and Research. MD Anderson was selected by the U.S. Department of State as the premier medical partner for the initiative. The Middle East is a region where breast cancer is especially prevalent in young women and awareness lags, contributing to a high rate of late-stage breast cancer diagnoses. Saudi Arabia joined Jordan in the collaboration that brings together medical centers in those countries with MD Anderson and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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