Komen Utah Community Impact – Research
Komen’s Mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Our research investments are guided by more than 60 leading scientists and advocates, including our Scientific Advisory Board and Komen Scholars. We fund the brightest minds and the best breast cancer research – research that has the potential to reduce breast cancer deaths within the decade. Our research program is also patient-focused, with patient advocates involved in all aspects of the research process.
One local researcher supported by the national Komen Research Grant Program is Alana Welm, Ph.D., who is an Associate Professor at the University of Utah Huntsman Cancer Institute. Dr. Welm first received a Komen Post-Doctoral Fellowship (PDF) in 2003, has since received a Komen Career Catalyst Research grant and has served as the primary mentor for four additional Komen PDFs. She has been a Komen Scholar since 2016 and currently holds a Komen Leadership Grant. With Komen funding, she is trying to design an immunotherapy strategy to prevent and treat breast cancer metastasis. This strategy will evaluate a new treatment approach to kill tumors as they are trying to grow in the metastatic site, by combining immunotherapy with an inhibitor to a protein (Ron kinase), previously shown to help the tumor cells grow into metastatic tumors. This new treatment approach has the promise to be translated into a new therapy that may help prevent and treat breast cancer metastasis.
Dr. Welm has also served on Komen Utah’s Board of Directors. Her research lab participates annually in Komen’s Salt Lake City Race/Walk event – their team name is “Ron for the Cure.”
Komen Utah Community Impact – Advocacy
Susan G. Komen has a history of more than 30 years in public policy and advocacy. In order to achieve our mission we believe that scientific progress must be complemented by sound public policy and advocacy. Through government action, broad, systemic, lasting change can be made in the fight against breast cancer.
To advance our public policy and advocacy priorities, Komen works with our staff, volunteers, grantees, researchers and friends in communities across the United States, to ensure breast cancer is a priority among policymakers at the federal, state and local levels and to increase access to affordable, high-quality breast health and cancer care services.
Learn more about Komen’s public policy and advocacy work here.
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