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Siteman Receives Komen Grants for Research, Outreach

Jason Merrill

April 23, 2009 – The Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine has received five grants from the St. Louis affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization for projects dedicated to breast cancer screening, treatment, education and research.

Overall, the Komen affiliate allocated $2.5 million to 27 programs in the St. Louis area. The grants were awarded April 17 at the Annual Grants Signing Day – Komen Dollars in Action, an event held at Wachovia Securities, presenting sponsor for the 11th annual Komen St. Louis Race for the Cure. 

The 2009 Siteman Cancer Center grant recipients are:

  • Tightening the Safety Net: Caring for Underserved People through Community Alliances and Navigation, a program that provides breast cancer screening to almost 2,000 underserved, uninsured and low-income women.
  • The Daylight Project: Pushing Back Shadow Barriers to Breast Health, Early Detection and Timely Treatment for Metro St. Louis Refugee and Immigrant Women, a program that screens and educates immigrant and refugee women in St. Louis.
  • The Navigator Project, which addresses the needs of underserved women.
  • Latinas Por La Cura, a program sponsored by Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s refugee health service that aims to identify barriers faced by disenfranchised women who need care  and develop solutions specific to each woman’s situation.

In addition, Siteman medical oncologist Cynthia Ma, MD, PhD, received the annual CRAFT Grant for a clinical study evaluating therapeutic strategies for patients with metastatic breast cancer. Ma is an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University.