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Susan Hankinson, ScD, Epidemiology,



Pathways to Prevention


An estimated 230,480 women were diagnosed with invasive breast cancer last year, which is why epidemiologist Susan Hankinson has made it her mission to investigate the “underlying etiology and biologic pathways” that lead to the cancer’s development. By bringing information to light about lifestyle and biological predictors of the disease, Hankinson is helping others to develop new preventative strategies for breast cancer.

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D. Joseph Jerry, PhD


Joseph Jerry, PhD, Science Director, Pioneer Valley Life Sciences Institute, and Lawrence Schwartz, PhD, Eugene M. and Ronnie Isenberg Professor of Integrated Science

Lawrence Schwartz, PhD



Registering Hope


The PVLSI is most known for its groundbreaking research and clinical work on breast cancer. Science Director Joseph Jerry and oncologist Grace Makari-Judson of the PVLSI were recently granted $1.5 million from Springfield’s Rays of Hope Foundation to further the Institute’s breast cancer research. Under the auspices of the Institute, funds are being used to develop the Rays of Hope Foundation for Cancer Research and to jump-start promising clinical trials. 

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