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2018 Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Award Recipients

April 4, 2018

It is with great pride and excitement that MIOCA announces the 2018 Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Award Recipients.  Due to the tremendous support of MIOCA, the Board of Directors has once again increased the funds dedicated to ovarian cancer research here in Michigan. A total of $150,000 will fund three talented researchers working to improve treatment outcomes.  MIOCA thanks all researchers who submitted proposals for consideration and congratulates the following $50,000 award recipients.

John Risinger, Ph.D.
Professor & Director of Gynecologic Oncology Research
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Biology
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Mitochondrial disfunction in ARID1A mutant ovarian clear cell cancer

Jose Teixeira
Professor, Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Biology
Michigan State University
Study of the Molecular Mechanisms Involved in High Grade Serous Progression from Metaplasia

Ira Winer, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Department of Oncology
Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Center
The Endoplasmic Reticulum, Cellular Stress and the unfolded Protein Response (UPR) in Ovarian Cancer Therapeutic Targeting

OCRFA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill for FY2019 funding

OCRFA Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill for FY2019 funding

March 6, 2018

MIOCA was well represented on Capitol Hill on March 6th by sending two MIOCA board members and eight survivors from Michigan to combine with 65 other advocates from across the country for the 2018  OCRFA Advocacy Day.  The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance organized the event in an effort to bring awareness of ovarian cancer to members of Congress and stress the need for continued funding for ovarian cancer research on the federal level.  Our Michigan advocates had the opportunity to participate in meetings held in nine different House and Senate offices.  Our voices were heard as we expressed the need for improving care for ovarian cancer patients, for increasing ovarian cancer funding through the congressionally directed medical research program, as well as continuing support of Johanna’s Law which provides for the critical education of the public.

If you could not attend Advocacy Day, you can still help in the effort by contacting Senator Stabenow or Senator Peters or your US Representative and urging them to fund/support the following ovarian cancer programs:

  • +2.2 billion increase to NIH budget along with a proportional increase of at least $319 million for NCI
  • $8 million Ovarian Cancer Control Initiative (OCCI)
  • $5.5 for Johanna’s Law at CDC
  • $30 million in funding for the ovarian cancer research program at the Department of Defense (a $10 million increase over 2018.) 
  • Oral Parity HR1409 – Has been introduced in the House but not in the Senate.  Goal is advancing legislation in the House and to help generate interest in the Senate.  Need our legislators to support this initiative. 
  • Encourage your representative to join the Ovarian Cancer Congressional Caucus if he/she has not already done so. 

Exciting News: MIOCA Symptom Video Released!

December 8, 2017

The Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance (MIOCA) continues to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and increase the public's understanding of ovarian cancer symptoms so women seek medical attention sooner. For several years, volunteers with MIOCA's SPEAK (Survivors Promoting Early Awareness & Knowledge) program have shared myths, facts, symptoms, and risk factors of the disease. SPEAK audience members have expressed gratitude to the survivors who share their stories which put a face to an often misunderstood disease. 

To greatly increase MIOCA's educational reach, a symptom video has been created to provide the critically important information. The video highlights the four symptoms which are statistically shown to occur more often in females with ovarian cancer as compared to the general public. Additionally, viewers will learn when to see a doctor and what tests experts recommend if symptomatic. Michelle Shepherd, SPEAK coordinator, states, “We have heard from many people that hearing first-hand accounts of ovarian cancer symptoms from survivors makes the information memorable. Our hope is that this video will not only educate viewers, but also promote early detection.” 

Click here to view MIOCA's symptom video

A special thank you to Dr. Kevin Reynolds, U of M Gynecologic Oncologist and MIOCA Medical Advisory Board Member, and the survivors who all generously volunteered their time to be a part of this video. It’s so important that every woman knows the symptoms of ovarian cancer so please send this video to the women you love. To learn more about MIOCA’s SPEAK program, or how you can be involved, contact Michelle Shepherd at MichelleShepherd@MIOCA.org