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MIOCA announces the 2019 Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Opportunity

MIOCA announces the 2019 Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Opportunity

October 4, 2018

The Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Board of Directors is proud to once again offer research grant opportunities for the upcoming grant cycle. Pam Dahlmann, MIOCA President, states, "It is critical that innovative research be funded if there are to be gains made in discovering improved treatments or an early detection test. It is very exciting that, with the generous support of our donors, we have been able to provide a total of $350,000 to researchers here in Michigan through the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant program since its inception in 2015."

For those interested or involved in ovarian cancer research, please download the Michigan Ovarian Cancer Alliance Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Grant Cover Letter and Application.  All submissions are due by the end of the day on Sunday, January 13, 2019.  Awards will be announced by March 31, 2019.

Tie Michigan Teal

Tie Michigan Teal

June 1, 2018

MIOCA is gearing up for its state-wide ribbon tying campaign this September during National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  The Tie Michigan Teal campaign is an important effort to make the public aware of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Tie Michigan Teal  Coordinator, Marcia Gurche, states, "Educating Michigan communities is an important part of MIOCA's mission.  Ovarian cancer is a disease with no early detection test.  Therefore, it is imperative that the symptoms are commonly known to promote early medical intervention."

MIOCA will be tying teal ribbons in downtown areas of cities and towns throughout Michigan.  MIOCA will provide all of the materials, however, coordinators are needed to oversee the effort in each city/town.  Each coordinator will receive a Tie Michigan Teal  t-shirt as a token of our appreciation.  If interested in tying teal ribbons in a work place or on personal property, MIOCA will send a few cut ribbons to do that. Since not every city is a prime location for “tealing,” creativity and imagination are key for getting awareness out by using the ribbons. 

Please contact Marcia Gurche at mgurche@gmail.com for more information about Tie Michigan Teal  or to request materials. 

2018 Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Award Recipients

April 4, 2018

It is with great pride and excitement that MIOCA announces the 2018 Geri Fournier Ovarian Cancer Research Award Recipients.  Due to the tremendous support of MIOCA, the Board of Directors has once again increased the funds dedicated to ovarian cancer research here in Michigan. A total of $150,000 will fund three talented researchers working to improve treatment outcomes.  MIOCA thanks all researchers who submitted proposals for consideration and congratulates the following $50,000 award recipients.

John Risinger, Ph.D.
Professor & Director of Gynecologic Oncology Research
Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, & Reproductive Biology
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
Mitochondrial disfunction in ARID1A mutant ovarian clear cell cancer

Jose Teixeira
Professor, Ob/Gyn and Reproductive Biology
Michigan State University
Study of the Molecular Mechanisms Involved in High Grade Serous Progression from Metaplasia

Ira Winer, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Gynecologic Oncology
Department of Oncology
Wayne State University/Karmanos Cancer Center
The Endoplasmic Reticulum, Cellular Stress and the unfolded Protein Response (UPR) in Ovarian Cancer Therapeutic Targeting