By surveying our area medical professionals, we uncover their needs and wants that will help them in their fight against cancer in southwest Georgia. The Cancer Coalition works to answer those needs effectively by providing expert-led lectures, both in person and through electronic means such as webinars and videoconferencing, and by partnering with other organizations in their education efforts.
For example, in April of 2011 we hosted a presentation by Deborah Morosini, MD, concerning women and lung cancer. Health professionals attended the "Out of the Shadows: Women and Lung Cancer" presentation live at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, and at broadcast locations throughout the state. The program was funded through the Georgia Cancer Coalition.
Dr. Morosini, sister of the late Dana Reeve, is a pathologist at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals working in the area of research and development of cancer drugs and strategies to enable the delivery of a ersonalized health care approach.
Complementing her extensive work in science and medicine, Dr. Morosini is also a devoted and renowned advocate, spokesperson and philanthropist for the lung cancer community, ignited by her sister Dana’s death. Dr. Morosini took up the fight against lung cancer to carry forth her legacy of ending lung cancer as we know it.
Dana, a healthy and vital non-smoker, died from Stage IV lung cancer within a year of the death of her husband, the actor Christopher Reeve. Following Dana’s death in 2006, her sister Deborah became a passionate activist in the lung cancer advocacy movement.
You can view Dr. Morosini's presentation, above, free-of-charge at your convenience. Following the presentation, please follow instructions on how to complete a survey. Your feedback is very important to us.
Finally, research professionals and evaluators throughout southwest Georgia now have the benefit of two national organizations represented in our area by local chapters.
Through our efforts, the South Georgia Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals has been created and is one of only three in the state of Georgia. Quarterly meetings allow research professionals throughout the area to gain continuing education, network and foster medical research in our area.
Consistently evaluating our programs and projects to find out if what we are doing is making a difference, the Cancer Coalition and others throughout the region recognized the need for an ongoing network focused on evaluation. We facilitated the establishment of the Southern Georgia Evaluation Association (SGEA), the only affiliate chapter outside of Atlanta of the American Evaluation Association. The second annual SGEA Conference was held in Tifton in January.