Markey Cancer Center Research Day

Markey Cancer Center Research Day (MCCRD) is a single-day event showcasing current cancer research projects throughout all disciplines at the University of Kentucky. 

The UK research community will have the opportunity to share its work in an atmosphere of learning and collaboration throughout the day via:

  • Poster Session
  • Oral presentations (invited from abstract submissions)
  • Exhibit Hall/Luncheon
  • State of the Cancer Center Address
  • Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture
  • Gilbert H. Friedell, MD, Memorial Lecture

Prizes are awarded to graduate students and to post-doctoral fellows for the best posters in categories such as basic science, clinical, translational, population-based and more.

In addition to the poster competition, the judges select abstracts to be presented during the morning oral presentations from among from graduate students, post­ doctoral fellows and junior faculty members.

Presented by the Markey Cancer Center and the UK Markey Cancer Foundation.

Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture

Susan B. Lester
Susan B. Lester

About Susan B. Lester

The family and friends of Susan B. Lester endowed a lectureship in her honor, and it is this generous donation that makes the Markey Cancer Center Research Day possible.

Mrs. Lester left an indelible mark on her world, serving as a clinical dietician for Eastern State Hospital and for nursing home patients in Eastern and Central Kentucky.

This symposium benchmarks recent advances in cancer research and thus honors Mrs. Lester by underscoring both her generous life and the brave battle she fought against this disease.

Gilbert H. Friedell, MD, Memorial Lecture

Dr. Friedell
Dr. Gilbert H. Friedell

About Gilbert H. Friedell

In 1983, Dr. Friedell became the first director of the UK Markey Cancer Center, beginning a legacy of cancer care that continues to grow and make a difference in the lives of Kentuckians every day. At Markey, he co-founded the Kentucky Cancer Registry – now one of the premiere SEER databases in the country – and served as the principal investigator of the National Cancer Institute’s Mid-South Cancer Information Service, a cancer education program that provides easy-to-understand information for cancer patients, survivors, health care providers and more.

Dr. Friedell was a passionate advocate for programs that provided education and increased access to healthcare for the medically underserved, particularly in Appalachian Kentucky. He famously believed that “If the problems are in the community, the solutions are in the community.” With this in mind, he helped launch Kentucky Homeplace, an initiative that has linked tens of thousands of rural Kentuckians with medical, social and environmental services since it began in 1994.

Though he retired from UK in 2000, Dr. Friedell’s influence is still felt strongly in the overarching mission of our cancer center: to conquer cancer in the Commonwealth. We at Markey are proud to uphold the vision and values of Dr. Friedell, building upon his contributions to public health as we continue to care for Kentuckians with cancer.

Agenda at a Glance

Morning

Welcome
Student Oral Presentations (3 total)
Faculty Oral Presentations (2 total)
Poster presentation #1
Lunch break/Exhibit Hall

Afternoon

Poster presentation #2
Gilbert H. Friedell, MD, Memorial Lecture
Break
Markey Women Strong Awards and Patient Presentation
     by Markey Cancer Foundation
“State of the Cancer Center”
Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture
Awards Presentation
Reception

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2022 Markey Cancer Research Day Agenda and Program

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Markey Cancer Center is NCI-designated

The UK Markey Cancer Center was first designated by the National Cancer Institute in 2013 – a distinction that recognizes our extraordinary ability to provide world-class care for our patients. We are the only NCI-designated cancer center in Kentucky and one of only 71 in the nation.

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