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2011 Women In Science Series To Feature Highly Accomplished Local Researchers And Physicians

March 2, 2011

The Medical College of Wisconsin invites the public to attend the 5th annual Women in Science luncheon series. Women in Science is an opportunity to meet outstanding female scientists and physicians and learn about their cutting-edge research.

On April 28th, from 3 to 5 p.m., there is a special bonus for early subscribers. Laura Kiessling, Ph. D., the state’s only female MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” grant recipient and a founder of Quintessence Biosciences, Inc., will speak on Achieving Excellence: Make Your Own World. Dr. Kiessling’s talk will be followed by a reception with the GE Women’s Network at GE Healthcare, 9900 Innovation Drive, Wauwatosa.

Series subscriptions are available for a suggested donation of $250, which supports an annual award for promising women scientists. Admission, lunch and free parking are included at all of the following events in the series:

May 26- Women’s cancer researcher Janet Rader, M.D., chairman and professor of

obstetrics and gynecology, will discuss the science behind cervical cancer and the newly introduced HPV vaccine. Cervical cancer afflicted Henrietta Lacks, a patient in the 1950s whose cells helped scientists find treatments for polio and AIDS—as well as the HPV vaccine—and are still in use today. Her life is the subject of a current best-selling book. This luncheon/presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E. Kilbourn Ave., and sponsored by Life Technologies.

June 16 – The Business of Science: A View from a Researcher and Entrepreneur. Kathleen Schmainda, Ph. D., professor of radiology and biophysics, has developed new MRI methods that illustrate how brain tumors and breast cancer tumors develop and spread. As the founder of two local biotechnology companies, Dr. Schmainda will discuss how her discoveries were harnessed to bring new medical technologies to the marketplace. This luncheon and presentation from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. is at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin and is generously presented by Anonymous Donors of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation in cooperation with TEMPO Milwaukee.

September 29- Michelle Johnson, Ph.D. shares the very personal story behind her research. Dr. Johnson, an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation and a winner of the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation Award, discusses robotic technology in her presentation The Future is Now: How Robotics Helps Stroke Patients. Dr. Johnson’s grandmother suffered a stroke, and Dr. Johnson has dedicated her work to robotic therapies to give stroke patients independence and help. This event is from 11:30-1:30 at the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin and is sponsored by Sigma-Aldrich.

October 27- The 2011 Women in Science series concludes with the presentation of the Women Pioneers in Research Awards. The awards include a $10,000 research award to an established scientist and the $1,000 Edward J. Lennon, M.D. award to an outstanding woman postdoctoral researcher. Series subscribers will enjoy lunch with a female physician or scientist at each table to offer personal perspective on the world of medical research. This event is sponsored by Quarles & Brady, LLP and will take place at The Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Wauwatosa.

For details, contact Pam Garvey, pgarvey@mcw.edu or (414) 955-4703.

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