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Patient-Researcher Partnerships in the Fight Against Cancer

Cancer patients have unique knowledge about living with the disease, but rarely connect with researchers who study cancer in the laboratory. This project will extend a model for patient-researcher collaboration that could be replicated in other communities. Peter DelNero and Alexandra McGregor, students in biomedical engineering, will build on a partnership they helped create with the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes and in collaboration with Robert Weiss, professor of molecular genetics in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Since 2012, this collaboration has fostered patient-researcher dialogue through activities such as lab tours, book clubs and a monthly patient-researcher seminar series. The project will document the process of creating a patient-researcher collaboration and create a “playbook” that will serve as a template for other institutions and support groups to emulate.

The Team

  • Graduate student: Peter DelNero, biomedical engineering
  • Special committee chair: Claudia Fischbach, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
    College of Engineering
  • Community partner: Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes

In the News

OCTOBER 20, 2017 
From patients to partners
– Science

JANUARY 31, 2017
Grad student honored for teaching, cancer patient program
Cornell Chronicle

JUNE 6, 2016
Symposium focuses on students’ teaching innovations
Cornell Chronicle

Related Links

Spotlight on Students: Peter DelNero
College of Engineering website


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