Harper Cancer Research Institute community seminar to focus on breast cancer Sept. 13

Author: Erin Blasko

Harper Cancer Research Institute

The Mike and Josie Harper Cancer Research Institute at the University of Notre Dame will host a community breast cancer seminar Sept. 13 (Wednesday) at Raclin-Carmichael Hall, 1234 N. Notre Dame Ave., as part of its occasional Community Seminar Series.

Doors open at 5 p.m., followed by presentations and a Q&A from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Judy Nace, a local breast cancer survivor, and Jeni Prosperi, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend and adjunct assistant professor of biological sciences at Notre Dame.

A reception with light refreshments will follow from 6:30 to 7 p.m.

The Community Seminar Series is an opportunity for the institute to engage with the community on issues related to cancer and cancer research. Each event focuses on a particular type of cancer and features a survivor and a researcher.

“Stories of cancer survivors and cancer fighters can be found in a number of places. There are many presentations given in scientific language,” said Angela Cavalieri, external relations and special events program manager for the Harper Cancer Research Institute. “This series is presented in lay language so that attendees can hear stories from cancer survivors, then have the science behind the treatment process explained and walk away with a better understanding of the full picture. This event is an opportunity for members of our community to pull pieces of information together.”

The next event in the series, focusing on lung cancer, will take place Nov. 16, Great American Smokeout Day, in conjunction with Smoke Free St. Joe, a coalition of dozens of local, state and national partners dedicated to tobacco education to reduce tobacco use, promote cessation and support stronger smoke-free policies.

A collaboration between Notre Dame and the Indiana University School of Medicine-South Bend, the Harper Cancer Research Institute is dedicated to conducting innovative and integrative research that confronts the complex challenges of cancer.

Each Community Seminar Series event is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit harpercancer.nd.edu.

Contact: Erin Blasko, assistant director of media relations, 574-631-4127, eblasko@nd.edu