In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, we are pleased to share more information about Dr. Vandana Abramson’s outstanding breast cancer research.
Tell us a little about your cancer research at Vanderbilt.
I am involved with clinical trials for breast cancer at Vanderbilt. My work involves finding novel therapies to target different subtypes of breast cancer. I work closely with Dr. Jennifer Pietenpol and other basic scientists to bring their scientific discoveries to the clinic and patients. Our hope is to better understand why cancers become resistant to certain drugs, how we can reverse that resistance and ultimately find better treatments for our patients.
Do you have a personal connection to cancer?
I have several close friends who have been diagnosed with cancer and have seen firsthand the toll it takes on families and communities. Those experiences motivate me to keep working to eradicate this disease.
Who introduced you to the T.J. Martell Foundation?
I was introduced to T.J. Martell through their incredible work and generosity at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. T.J. Martell Foundation’s mission to fund innovative research in the fight against cancer is important not just in providing resources to our researchers, but in providing inspiration to others in the community to join in the cause. T.J. Martell Foundation’s funding has led to incredible strides in the fight against cancer.
What would you tell someone who is new to the Foundation and interested in getting involved?
It’s rewarding and truly an honor to be involved in research supported by the T.J. Martell Foundation. This research is supported by so many people who do an exceptional job raising funds and staging events, ranging from dinner galas to golf outings. The Foundation offers people the opportunity to make a difference and having fun doing it.