News at A Glimmer of Hope



PITTSBURGH , January 12, 2008 - Officials from the Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) will accept a check for $110,000 from A Glimmer of Hope Foundation in support of breast cancer research. Glimmer of Hope Foundation president, Diana Napper, Pittsburgh Steelers lineman Alan Faneca and his wife, Julie, will present the donation to MWRI officials at 9:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 14, in the auditorium at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, 300 Halket St., Oakland.

On behalf of the board of directors at the Magee-Womens Research Institute and Foundation, we are so very thankful to Alan and Julie Faneca, and to Diana Napper, for their longstanding and steadfast support of the very exciting and cutting-edge breast cancer research being done at MWRI, said Margaret Joy, chair of the Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation. This type of research, as well as the studies on many areas of historically underfunded womens and infants health research, absolutely depends on the financial support of our community, and of everyone who has a mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister or female friend.

A Glimmer of Hope is a fantastic foundation that currently is funding the largest premenopausal study on breast cancer in the United States. It has been very generous and devoted to this cause, and we are very grateful that Magee has been able to collaborate with them on this project, said Paniti Sukumvanich, M.D., assistant professor of the department of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive sciences in the division of gynecologic oncology at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.

In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and the Magee-Womens Hospital, MWRI is involved in basic and clinical investigations to assess a full range of issues related to breast cancer, including a focus on the effects of the disease on women of childbearing age. Other studies target the underlying causes of breast cancer, as well as the psychosocial and behavioral impact of the disease. Magee and UPCI have joined to create one of the largest comprehensive breast cancer programs in the United States, performing more than 95,000 breast imaging procedures and treating 1,000 new breast cancers annually. The Magee-Womens Hospital/UPCI Breast Program has 21 clinical trials underway in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer.

Established in 1992, MWRI was one of the first research centers to focus specifically on health conditions affecting women and their babies. Now in its second decade, the Institute has grown from 20 faculty members to more than 260 scientists and staff. Construction of a $31 million expansion of the Institute building was completed in 2007.

MWRI is a member of the Association of Independent Research Institutes, a group of 89 independent, nonprofit research institutes in the United States whose primary mission encompasses a specific research discipline. MWRI has attracted some $185 million in project grant funding focusing on the critical need for research in women's and infants health and representing the Institute's continued strong ties to the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC.

Diana Napper
A Glimmer of Hope
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