The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care is teaching best practices for participation in The Cancer Genome Atlas Project to researchers from major university cancer-research programs across the country.
Stanford University School of Medicine sent an associate professor of pathology/associate director of surgical pathology for training at the Graham Cancer Center and the Tissue Procurement Center at Christiana Hospital. Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute researchers visited in January, and in February, researchers from Nigeria’s Institute of Human Virology will visit.
“The Cancer Genome Atlas Project participation at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center has required a coordinated effort between the Departments of Surgery, Pathology, Anesthesiology, Perioperative Services and Cancer Research,” said Nicholas J. Petrelli, M.D., Bank of America endowed medical director of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center. “The effort truly has been multidisciplinary and has brought national recognition to the Helen F Graham Cancer Center. Our team is justifiably proud that the NCI designated our cancer center as a training site for major university programs’ participation in the Cancer Genome Atlas Project.”
Training focuses on the multidisciplinary approach to screening, collecting, preparing, storing and shipping potential tissue samples for the National Cancer Institute sponsored genetics research.
Other major U.S. cancer research programs that have trained or will train at Christiana Care include: the John Theurer Cancer Center of Hackensack, N.J.; the universities of Maryland, South Carolina and Iowa; the F. Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation; and the Lewis Cancer & Research Pavilion at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital, Savannah, Ga.