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Neighborhood Residents Turn Out for CUMC Cancer Talks

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Joseph Jurcic, MD, talks to Washington Heights residents about his research on new leukemia drugs.

Residents of Washington Heights and Inwood turned out Tuesday, April 30, for the first lecture in a series of public events designed to share news about research at CUMC with the community.

Tuesday evening’s event focused on advances in leukemia research and treatment, with presentations from three CUMC leukemia specialists: Joseph Jurcic, MD, professor of clinical medicine; Nicole Lamanna, MD, associate clinical professor of medicine; and Mark Frattini, MD, PhD, associate professor of clinical medicine.

“When we were thinking about who we wanted to have speak tonight, we wanted to show you why places like CUMC exist,” said Stephen Emerson, MD, PhD, director of the Herbert Irving Cancer Center and Clyde and Helen Wu Professor of Immunology & Medicine. “There are people out there who need the best care, and places like CUMC are committed to improving the lives of their patients by providing that care and by conducting the research that will improve that care.”

The speakers were enthusiastically received by the audience, says Sandra Harris, assistant vice president of government and community affairs at CUMC, and the event ran overtime to allow for the many questions posed at the end.

For information about the next event—tentatively planned on the topic of high blood pressure—check for an update on the Office of Government & Community Affairs website.

 

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