Jayhawks Fighting Breast Cancer
As a MD/PhD student interested in pursuing a career in oncology, Lauryn Werner joined the breast cancer research lab of Dr. Christy Hagan to conduct PhD work in the summer of 2019. One year later, her fight against breast cancer became personal, when she was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. As both a patient and a researcher, she has come to appreciate the imminent need for more research in the field of breast cancer, specifically for women with advanced disease.
For Breast Cancer Awareness month this October, she wanted to raise funds that will go directly towards the breast cancer research project that she is conducting in the Hagan Lab. Her project focuses on finding new ways to activate the cells of the immune system to allow them to better attack cancer cells in the body. Finding therapies to better activate the immune system in breast cancer patients is imperative, as many clinical trials in breast cancer, including one that she is being treated on today, involve immunotherapy drugs that act by stimulating the patient’s own immune cells.
If you or someone you love has been affected by breast cancer or you are moved by Lauryn's story and you’d like to contribute to breast cancer research this October, please consider donating to this campaign. Every dollar raised will go directly towards her research project in the Hagan Lab. If you’re unable to donate but would like to help, please consider sharing the link to this campaign to help spread the word.
Thank you for your support!
Lauryn hard at work:
Christy R. Hagan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology:
Hagan Lab Team 2020: