Nationally renowned Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine and University of Missouri Health Care’s Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia are to work together. They will team up on research, grant proposals, prevention measures, and patient care.
According to the press release, Siteman director Timothy J. Eberlein, MD, said “We can accelerate such efforts through the integration of our respective expertise. The ultimate goal of this relationship is to maximize the cancer research capabilities at both centers and improve the health of the citizens of Missouri.”
The new relationship also will foster more collaborations between investigations involving people and animals. The University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine is one of the top veterinary medicine programs in the country, with tremendous experience treating cancer in animals and conducting comparative oncology research to help translate animal research to human studies.
Washington University’s Dr. Bettina Drake, says the University of Missouri Extension – which has an office in every county across the state – provides a vital resource connecting cancer researchers and cancer prevention specialists to people in rural communities who don’t always have access to care.