Rally for Medical Research
Jenny Carlson, Assistant Vice President for External Affairs and Advocacy, traveled to Washington, D.C., on September 18, 2014, to participate in the second annual Rally for Medical Research. The event brought together almost 300 national organizations to call on Congress to make funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) a national priority. We joined others in conveying the idea that continued and increased investment in medical research will lead to more progress and ultimately more treatments and cures. Joining Jenny Carlson was Julia Harris, PhD, a graduate fellow at the OSUCCC – James.
Ohio Representatives Visit The James
During August 2014, three Ohio members of Congress visited The OSUCCC – James to learn about the latest advances in cancer care and tour the new hospital.
Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus), whose district includes the OSUCCC – James campus, visited on August 12. Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-Genoa Township) visited on August 14 and Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) visited on August 27.
In addition to other issues, all were briefed on ORIEN (Oncology Research Information Exchange Network), a partnership with Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. The partnership already has accrued more than 100,000 patients who have agreed to donate their tissue and clinical data for research on understanding cancer at the molecular level. ORIEN uses a single protocol, Total Cancer Care®, to create a collaborative, “rapid learning” environment that will share de-identified data to accelerate the development of targeted treatments, allowing researchers and clinicians to more quickly match eligible patients to clinical trials and conduct larger and richer analysis.
Ohio State Participates in 21st Century Cures Roundtable
Reps. Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) hosted a roundtable discussion at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on August 27, 2014, as part of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s 21st Century Cures Initiative. The roundtable offered all of Ohio’s colleges of medicine and key Ohio industry representatives the opportunity to present work at their institutions that will encourage new discoveries and promote faster cures. Tim Wright, Interim Vice President, Ohio State Technology Commercialization, and Founding Partner, Drug Development Institute of the OSUCCC – James, gave a presentation on ORIEN and discussed challenges, including those at the FDA, in moving research into treatments. During the past several months, the Energy and Commerce Committee has held a series of hearings and events in Washington to highlight what can be done federally to reach cures faster. The representatives will be taking the information learned at the event back to the committee.
Project Medical Education
Five Ohio House members and their staffs visited Ohio State on April 29, 2014, to participate in Project Cancer Education, a program designed for legislative and opinion leaders. During the program, the legislators were “admitted” to medical school, experienced the four-year medical school curriculum from a student’s perspective, engaged in training sessions in the Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center and learned how patient care is delivered in a teaching hospital. The program included information on the complex role of an academic medical center in balancing its multiple missions: educating and training the doctors of tomorrow; conducting research; providing patient care, including a disproportionate share of care for people without insurance; and serving as an engine for local, regional and national economic growth and job creation. The participants learned how Ohio State is delivering patient care more safely and efficiently than ever before.
13TH Annual Student Research Day
Elected officials visited campus in April 2014 to participate in Trainee Research Day, which showcased the research of our medical students. State Reps. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City), Gerald Stebelton (R-Lancaster) and Mike Stinziano (D-Columbus) attended, as well as staff for U.S. Rep. Pat Tiberi, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, and Columbus City Councilmember Pricilla Tyson. The guests viewed research posters, spoke with students, toured labs and met with Dr. Peter Mohler regarding research at the OSUCCC – James.