Across the street, across the state, across the country, and across the world, members of the Masonic Cancer Center are helping people live healthier lives. Not only does the impact of our research stretch across borders and oceans, but some of our leaders are working directly with leaders in other countries to accomplish a myriad of goals—to share knowledge, to exchange ideas, and even to help meet basic needs. Here are three examples of this work.
A match made in India
Anesthesiologist and Bangalore, India, native Kumar Belani, M.D., has become a matchmaker, cultivating relationships between scientists at the University of Minnesota and in India.
Partnering with University hematologist-oncologist Daniel Weisdorf, M.D., Belani helped to initiate a flourishing research and clinical care partnership between the University’s world-renowned blood and marrow transplantation program, which Weisdorf directs, and Manipal Hospital in Bangalore. Read more.
Different paths to good outcomes
The first time Linda Carson, M.D., visited Baruch Padeh Medical Center in Poriya, Israel, she found a “very barebones” setup.
The hospital environment was a reflection of the region in general, says Carson, who is head of the University’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health. “People live much more simply,” she says.
And that simplicity crosses over to care delivery, too. Read more.
Putting basic health care supplies within reach
The first time pediatric blood and marrow transplant physician Troy Lund, M.D., Ph.D., visited Uganda, he discovered a surprising number of well-funded labs and research initiatives dedicated to infectious diseases like HIV, AIDS, and malaria. But he also saw a severe lack of resources for some of the most significant causes of childhood mortality there: pneumonia, diarrhea, and dehydration.
So Lund created the Medicine for Sick Children Foundation, an independent program that provides medical education, clinical care, and advocacy for suffering children. Read more.