Roswell Park Leaders Will Highlight Innovation, Successes in Albany Meetings

Sunday, January 29, 2012

On Monday, January 30, 2012, more than two dozen doctors, researchers, members of the Board of Directors and leaders from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) will travel to Albany, NY, to meet with state leaders.

Throughout the day the representatives from Roswell Park will conduct 45 meetings with legislative leaders, key committee chairs, the Western New York delegation and legislators from all over the state.

“Our goal is to tell state leaders about the unbelievable progress in understanding, preventing and curing cancer we are making at Roswell Park,” said Donald L. Trump, MD, FACP, RPCI President and CEO, "and to help them understand that Roswell Park is a world-class cancer center delivering quality clinical care, developing new ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer while also educating the next generation of scientists and physicians.”

The contingent is delivering a message about the qualities that make Roswell Park a unique asset for New York and the nation. During their annual visit to the state capitol these RPCI representatives will highlight the Institute’s accomplishments and successes, including, most recently, its announcement of a new clinical trial for an investigational cancer vaccine. The doctors and researchers will describe the work they are doing and how it benefits all the citizens of New York State, and will share their concerns about the proposed state budget.

"Roswell Park is a linchpin of the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and a major employer in Western New York, and its record of consistent growth and innovation since its transition from state agency to public-benefit corporation in 1999 speaks for itself: a 5-to-1 return on the state’s investment, reduced reliance on New York State, creation of 1,000 new jobs and nine new spinoff companies, a threefold increase in clinical revenues and doubling of research funding," said scientist and entrepreneur Andrei V. Gudkov, PhD, DSci, Senior Vice President of Basic Science and Garman Family Chair in Cell Stress Biology. "Innovation requires many ingredients — compassion, dedication and talent, and these components are working beautifully together in RPCI's labs and clinics."

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

Media Contact: 

Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager
716-845-8593; annie.deck-miller@roswellpark.org