The University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center unites more than 280 physicians and scientists from 56 departments and 9 schools who work together in translating discoveries from research laboratories into new treatments that benefit cancer patients. Our mission is primarily achieved through research programs that bring scientists together from many different disciplines.
The UW Carbone Cancer Center is committed to leading-edge research to provide better treatment and ultimately, cures for cancer. Mark Burkard, MD, PhD is one of the researchers currently investigating new therapies for the treatment of breast cancer.
Mark Burkard, MD, PhD, Medical Oncologist and Researcher
In addition to his clinical practice treating patients with breast cancer, Dr. Burkard is one of the many researchers currently investigating novel therapies that might one day replace chemotherapy in the treatment of cancer patients.
Dr. Burkard's research seeks to find genes that can help cells divide and block those gene functions to help keep cancer cells from dividing.
According to Dr. Burkard, one of the main reasons he likes working in the field of breast cancer is the patients.
"It's a special group of patients," he said. "My patients give me drive to do better, to make treatments better, to make patient care better."
Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
The Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) was designed to create an environment of scientific collaboration, one that brings together research and clinical scientists from throughout the campus to work across disciplines, making it possible for them to focus their combined talents on today's most perplexing medical problems.
One example of such collaboration is with Dr. Burkard's research.
According to Dr. Burkard, in the year that WIMR has been open, it has already had an appreciable effect.
"My colleague who is making microfluidic platforms was across campus a mile away in engineering, but is now here," explained Burkard. "We can bring blood samples from patients to try to use those microfluidic platforms with actual clinical samples to try and do research that was not feasible a year ago."
Learn more about various research advancements at the UW Carbone Cancer Center from 2009:
Prostate Cancer: What African-American Men Need to Know
Improving Cancer Outcomes by Focusing on the Patients
The Melanoma Age of Enlightenment
Bad Timing: How Mutations in DNA Can Lead to Cancer
UW Carbone Experts Lead Sessions at World's Largest Cancer Meeting
Using Form and Function to Detect and Treat Cancers
Improving Patient Outcomes in Rare Cancers
Enhanced Microsopes Enable Cancer Researchers to Pursue New Types of Studies
Could Beating Cancer be as Simple as a Getting a Vaccine?
Looking for Better Methods to Determine Chemotherapy Treatments
Forming a PACT to Treat Cancer Patients with Cutting-Edge Cell Therapies
First Patient at UW Carbone Cancer Center Treated with Multiple Myeloma Personalized Cellular Vaccine
Small But Mighty: Nanoparticles Can Deliver More Types of Drugs, More Safely
Heating Up the Fight Against Cancer
Tackling Prostate Cancer From All Angles
Looking for Improved Pancreatic Cancer Therapies, One Cell at a Time
The Ride Raises $300,000 For Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin
Collaboration Helps Make Clinical Trials Possible
Studying Cancer Stem Cells to Identify New Cancer Therapies
A Divide and Conquer Strategy to Fighting Cancer
Advancing Imaging to Improve Cancer Care Across Wisconsin
Decades-Old Research is Basis for New Cervical Cancer Clinical Trial
UW Researchers Look for 'Windows of Susceptibility' to Breast Cancer
Fluff and Read: Cancer Study Places Health Kiosks in Laundromats
Researchers Honored for Prostate Cancer Research
Schools Can Raise Funds for Cancer Research Through Caps for the Cure
Wisconsin Study Ties Lower Hormone Use to Fewer Breast Cancer Cases
African-American Men at Higher Risk of False Positives in Prostate Testing
UW Researchers Find Cross-talk Mechanism Contributes to Colorectal Cancer
UW Researchers Eliminate Cervical Cancer in Mice with FDA-Approved Drugs
Later Birth Order May Decrease Breast-Cancer Risk
Progress Against Cancer Addressed at Symposium
Researchers Discover New Location for RNA Degradation
The Future of Prostate Cancer Screening
Compound in Red Wine May Treat Cancer
McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research Names New Chair
Andy North and Friends Golf Benefit for Cancer Research
Lymphoma Research Revs Up
Unusual Compound Seeks and Destroys Cancerous Tumors