Did you know Susan G. Komen is the largest non-profit funder of breast cancer research, second only to the U.S. government? In the past 30 years, Komen-funded research has touched major breakthroughs in breast cancer science and now focuses on research to stem metastatic and aggressive breast cancer, find scientifically sound prevention strategies, and investigate environmental links to breast cancer development.
In St. Louis, we are fortunate to have world-class medical and research facilities right here in our community. The nearly $9 million that Komen St. Louis has contributed to breast cancer research since 1999 has returned more than $20 million to support the work of breast cancer researchers at our St. Louis institutions.
The recipient of our 2013 Health Professional of the Year Award, presented at our 4th Annual Power of a Promise event, is one such researcher whose work has been funded by Komen.
Dr. Ron Bose is a breast cancer specialist and a breast cancer researcher at the Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine. He received his MD and PhD degrees from Cornell University and has performed medical training at the country’s top hospitals. He received a 2009 Komen Career Catalyst Research Grant and a 2005 Komen Post-Doctoral Fellowship Grant. He has spoken at many local and national Komen events.
Dr. Bose’s research focused on the HER2 gene, which causes HER2-positive breast cancer. His research uses cutting-edge methods like cancer genome sequencing, proteomics, and studies of protein structure to understand how HER2 works.
We know his research is contributing to our mission of saving lives and ending breast cancer.
Congratulations and thank you for your dedication to breast cancer research, Dr. Bose!