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Crowd-Funded Cancer Research

Mizzou alumna chose for American Cancer Society fellowship.

Rebecca Wates, PhD ’12, understands the value of early diagnosis and innovative treatment when it comes to cancer. She lost her aunt, a nurse, to ovarian cancer that initially was undetected by physicians.  Armed with a doctorate in medical pharmacology from Mizzou, Wates has been working at the University of Kansas Medical Center to develop targeted therapeutics for treating recurrent and drug-resistant serous ovarian carcinoma. Through the kindness of strangers, she just got a big boost. Earlier this year the American Cancer Society launched a campaign to crowd-fund an early-career researcher using the platform Crowdrise. Hundreds of people contributed, and in June the society gave Wates a grant to pursue her work.