Engineers on the Run for Cancer Research
While everyone at the UW Carbone Cancer Center is passionate about cancer research, not everyone works directly with patients and gets to see the impact of their efforts.
That is one reason that last year, over 100 faculty, staff and students from across the Carbone Cancer Center participated in Carbone’s Race for Research. The event brings together patients, their families and Cancer Center physicians and researchers to help raise money for cancer research.
Among those participating was team ‘Engineers for a Cure,’ led by biomedical engineering professors and Cancer Center members Pamela Kreeger, PhD and Kristyn Masters, PhD. Their team included their families, other biomedical engineering faculty, and engineering graduate students from their research groups.
“It was wonderful to see patients and family members at the event last year who really feel a connection to the Cancer Center,” Kreeger said. “And I think it was good for my students to see that what we’re doing is not just a bunch of science in the lab, but is building towards helping someone.”
Engineering and cancer research are two terms that are not often closely associated, but Kreeger said that engineers are involved in many cancer applications. These areas include developing new imaging technology for screening and diagnosis and improving information technology for medical records. Her own research interests in ovarian cancer use engineering tools to develop systems to study the disease.
“There are a lot of engineers who are Cancer Center members,” Kreeger said. “We benefit from the shared equipment, and many of us have had pilot projects funded by the Cancer Center that made us competitive for federal funding. Without that, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.”
Date Published: 09/07/2017