Research Alliance Hopes to Raise $200K During Awareness Month

Research Alliance Hopes to Raise $200K During Awareness Month
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The Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance (OCRA) is hoping to raise $200,000 in this year’s awareness month campaign to help fund research and support those with the disease, the organization announced.

OCRA, the largest non-government funder of ovarian cancer research, is urging people worldwide to make single or monthly donations, which can be dedicated in memory of a loved one with ovarian cancer. Those donating $75 or more will receive access to OCRA’s Uniting for Hope National Conference, held online this year, from Sep. 29 to Oct. 2, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual conference is one of the largest medical meetings dedicated to ovarian cancer, bringing together patients, survivors, caregivers, and friends to learn about the latest breakthroughs in diagnosis and treatment.

Those participating in the conference will have the chance to submit questions to experts working in the field of ovarian cancer. The conference will also offer thematic breakout sessions about a range of issues concerning ovarian cancer, including the impact of COVID-19 on clinical trials, racial disparities among those with the cancer, and career management for patients.

More information about the conference and registration can be found here.

In addition, OCRA is organizing online fundraisers, including three livestream workout sessions based in Jackson, Tampa, and Orlando that will take place during the month. Registration is $20–$25 and can be made on each session’s web page.

People can also become an OCRA Hero by creating their own online fundraising page, hosting an event in their community, or participating in OCRA’s ‘Sweat for a Cure‘ spin event.

A shareable quiz is available as well for people to test their knowledge about ovarian cancer.

“Let’s take our collective knowledge about ovarian cancer (knowledge we gained the hard way) and share it — act on it — to save more lives,” OCRA states. “Together we can make a difference!”

Joana holds a BSc in Biology, a MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Her work has been focused on the impact of non-canonical Wnt signaling in the collective behavior of endothelial cells — cells that made up the lining of blood vessels — found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
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Inês holds a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, where she specialized in blood vessel biology, blood stem cells, and cancer. Before that, she studied Cell and Molecular Biology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa and worked as a research fellow at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias and Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. Inês currently works as a Managing Science Editor, striving to deliver the latest scientific advances to patient communities in a clear and accurate manner.
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Joana holds a BSc in Biology, a MSc in Evolutionary and Developmental Biology and a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal. Her work has been focused on the impact of non-canonical Wnt signaling in the collective behavior of endothelial cells — cells that made up the lining of blood vessels — found in the umbilical cord of newborns.
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