The Stars of Tomorrow are the Young Investigators of Today!
Bakes for Breast Cancer will now be funding the up and coming research of young investigators in breast cancer research. Our Medical Advisory Board will direct the best use of our funds raised in the support of the young investigators.
Funds raised in 2017 and 2018 will support the research of Dr. Shom Goel
Dr Shom Goel is a breast cancer oncologist who is also a physician-scientist. He divides his time between the laboratory bench and the patient’s bedside. This year we will be finding his research that addresses the important question “Why are some breast cancers resistant to the drug treatments we use in the clinic?” His laboratory research is often inspired by his experiences with patients. Because Dr. Goel is also a clinician, he has the potential to take promising new treatments he develops in the laboratory and move them forward in clinical trials. His current work is focused on understanding how breast cancers are able to “hide” from the immune system and relates to the fast-growing field of cancer immunotherapy.
Dr. Goel graduated from the University of Adelaide Medical School and completed medical oncology training in Sydney. Dr. Shom Goel works at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston Massachusetts.
Funds raised in 2015 and 2016 will benefit the research of Heather A. Parsons, MD, MPH
Heather A. Parsons, MD, MPH is a medical oncologist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Parsons’ research focuses on breast cancer and the use of blood-based genomic biomarkers to understand the course of a woman’s breast cancer and response to treatment. Ultimately, she aims to develop these biomarkers to better direct existing treatments, to avoid overtreatment, and to develop new treatments to help patients live better, longer lives.
Dr. Parsons is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has a Master in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She received her medical degree from Drexel University College of Medicine, followed by internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She then completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital before joining the faculty at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. Parsons’ honors and awards include a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research and the Translational Breast Cancer Research Consortium.