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Breast cancer expert to present Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership lecture

Mar. 7, 2013

Theresa Guise, M.D., Jerry and Peggy Throgmartin professor of oncology, will speak at the Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership series from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Fairbanks Hall, Room 5005. 

Dr. Guise is an expert on metabolic bone diseases, including the skeletal complications of malignant cancer the effect of chemotherapy and radiation treatments on bone.

Theresa Guise

Theresa Guise, M.D.

She also serves as the leader of a program that aims to advance basic understanding about the role of cancer cells and to translate this knowledge into discovery of new cancer targets and therapies. 

Seven researchers from around the globe have been recruited by Dr. Guise to the IU Simon Cancer Center to study cancer activity in and around bone. This team, which is supported by more than $8 million in grant funding, is the only one in the world studying how breast cancer affects bone and muscle.

Among the group’s discoveries are a profound defect in the muscles of mice with breast cancer. She is working to identify, and hopefully disable, the mechanisms that cause this defect. 

Dr. Guise holds a medical doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. She served as a resident at the University of Pittsburgh Health Center and as a fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center.

In 2012, she was named a recipient of the Paula Stern Achievement Award from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research. The award recognizes a woman in the field of bone research who has made significant scientific achievements and promoted the professional development or advancement of women in the field.

The Stepping Stones of Women in Leadership series is intended to create a forum where all faculty and students can learn about professional development through hearing the personal career journeys of successful women. 

For more information, visit the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development website.

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