Message from the Director: Making the Most of Every Opportunity
By B. Mark Evers, MD, UK Markey Cancer Center Director
Initiatives like the $1 billion National Cancer Moonshot are important because they showcase the
importance of research and emphasize the need for collaboration. The prevention, treatment and
cure for cancer will not be discovered by a single researcher or a single clinical trial. It will not come
as the result of funding by a single agency or a single donor. It will require the dedicated, on-going
efforts of everyone who researches, prevents, treats has been impacted by the disease, all working
together for a common goal.
Here at Markey, we are committed to a single goal. It is our mission, to reduce cancer mortality in
our state and region through a comprehensive program of cancer research, treatment, education, and
community engagement with a particular focus on the underserved population of Appalachian Kentucky.
Our research programs span the entire spectrum of cancer epidemiology and etiology, molecular expression and regulation,
cancer prevention, early detection and treatment.
Every day, our researchers are making advances in the understanding of the disease. Whether it is publishing study results that
show the possibility of creating a three-dimensional model system to investigate how breast cancer cells invade lung tissue; being
awarded a grant to investigate how communication networks influence Appalachians’ lung cancer screening behaviors; or serving
as the lead in a national network seeking to eliminate tobacco-related health disparities in underserved or high-risk populations,
the Markey community is at the front of cancer research.
As you hear more about initiatives like the Moonshot, I invite you to learn about the work we are doing at Markey. As Kentucky’s
only NCI-designated cancer center, we intend to make the most of every opportunity before us in our fight against cancer