> PENN Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania announce the establishment of the Center for Research on Early Detection and Cure of Ovarian Cancer.
> The Center will be directed by internationally renowned gynecologic oncologist and research scientist, George Coukos, MD, PhD.
> Penn’s Center for Research on Early Detection and Cure of Ovarian Cancer features three research programs: Early Detection and Prevention Program; Advanced Therapeutics Program; and the Cancer Biology and Pathogenesis Program.

(PHILADELPHIA) – The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Pennsylvania Health System and School of Medicine, and Penn’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology have announced today the establishment of the Center for Research on Early Detection and Cure of Ovarian Cancer.  The Center, to be directed by internationally renowned gynecologic oncologist and research scientist, George Coukos, MD, PhD, will focus on developing better detection methods, new treatment therapies, and improving the quality of life for women with ovarian cancer.

“There was a tremendous need for this Center and to advance the fight against ovarian cancer,” said Coukos, Center Director and Director of Gynecologic Oncology Research at Penn. “The need for early detection is crucial to win this fight. If caught in Stage I, the five-year survival rate of ovarian cancer is over 90 percent. If caught in Stage III, the survival rate drops to less than 30 percent.”

Added Deborah A. Driscoll, MD, Chair of Penn’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, “This new Center will provide an infrastructure for ovarian cancer research and treatment and will serve as a catalyst to unite existing talent at Penn, recruit new investigators, and promote interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of ovarian cancer.”

Penn’s Center for Research on Early Detection and Cure of Ovarian Cancer features three research programs:

  • Ovarian Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program
    Lack of early detection or prevention strategies is presently a major cause of poor outcomes in ovarian cancer patients. A screening test for ovarian cancer could save many lives. The research laboratory activities of the Early Detection and Prevention Program focus upon improving the outcomes of ovarian cancer by facilitating the development of new blood tests, new imaging tools, and other innovative techniques, as well as prevention methods.
  • Ovarian Cancer Advanced Therapeutics Program
    This Program will develop novel therapies and will conduct clinical trials to test emerging concepts from the laboratory. The Facilities for the new clinical program will be located in Penn's Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, to open in 2008.
  • Ovarian Cancer Biology and Pathogenesis Program
    All striving to better understand the pathogenesis and biology of ovarian cancer, several multi-disciplinary laboratories will focus on various aspects of ovarian cancer genomics, genetics, immunology and biology. The discoveries within the laboratories are crucial for the Early Detection and Prevention Program as well as the Advanced Therapeutics Program.

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PENN Medicine is a $2.9 billion enterprise dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System.

Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S. News & World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and leaders of academic medicine.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three hospitals, all of which have received numerous national patient-care honors [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center]; a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.

Penn Medicine is one of the world's leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. Penn Medicine consists of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania (founded in 1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which together form a $6.7 billion enterprise.

The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top five medical schools in the United States for the past 20 years, according to U.S. News & World Report's survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation's top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $392 million awarded in the 2016 fiscal year.

The University of Pennsylvania Health System's patient care facilities include: The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center -- which are recognized as one of the nation's top "Honor Roll" hospitals by U.S. News & World Report -- Chester County Hospital; Lancaster General Health; Penn Wissahickon Hospice; and Pennsylvania Hospital -- the nation's first hospital, founded in 1751. Additional affiliated inpatient care facilities and services throughout the Philadelphia region include Good Shepherd Penn Partners, a partnership between Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network and Penn Medicine.

Penn Medicine is committed to improving lives and health through a variety of community-based programs and activities. In fiscal year 2016, Penn Medicine provided $393 million to benefit our community.

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