Researchers at Roswell Park are committed to sharing knowledge and resources with leaders around the world. In 2015, Roswell Park’s President & CEO Candace Johnson, as well as Dr. Kelvin Lee, Chair of the Department of Immunology, accompanied New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on a trip to Cuba. A potentially game-changing agreement was reached to bring their cutting-edge lung cancer vaccine, CIMAvax-EGF, to Roswell Park for clinical testing. The initial trials launched in January 2017, making Roswell Park the first and only U.S. institution where this groundbreaking immunotherapy is available.
Led by Dr. Chukwumere “Chumy” Nwogu, Roswell Park has also improved cancer care in Nigeria by opening the country’s first cancer center. Not only is the goal to improve cancer control globally, but also right here at home, too: breast cancer and prostate cancer appear to behave in similar ways in both Africans and African-Americans, and it’s hoped that information gained through collaborative research will lead to more effective treatments for those diseases.
Roswell Park’s reach is far, and by joining the Empire State Ride, you can have an impact in the fight against cancer here and around the world.