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From the Vice President

The importance of supporting research: Changing and saving lives.

Many people might like the opportunity to hear directly from someone who is working on cancer research, especially if they have good news to share.

This week at the first Bronco Discovery and Innovation breakfast we heard from Dr. Cheryl Jorcyk, Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Biomolecular Research Program at Boise State University. Dr. Jorcyk’s good news is that her team at Boise State is making great strides in discovering the role of the cellular factor Oncostatin M (OSM) and its function in tumor progression.

One thing you don’t often hear over breakfast is that someone you’ve just met is on the verge of breakthrough knowledge that would lead to the development of a new drug that would prevent breast cancer invasion and metastasis. Life changing. And actually in the near future, we can hope, life saving.

So it’s a short leap to wonder what we can do to support Dr. Jorcyk and others like her—the brightest “searching” minds in research today. Research labs and student researchers, technology, equipment—all need backing. Support for research turns into cures.

Through philanthropy, we foster a supportive environment for the research enterprise at Boise State University. University Advancement works closely with Research and Economic Development at Boise State to help faculty gain external funding, partner with businesses to promote innovation, and create new assets that are available for industry to utilize in starting new businesses or gaining competitive advantages.

Funded out-of-the-box ideas stimulate local growth and the benefits are mutual.

We know that research promotes connections. And that’s why we’ve initiated the Bronco Discovery and Innovation series. It’s a way to expose our community to the innovative research happening at Boise State, to stimulate thinking and to open doors to mutually beneficial partnerships and philanthropy that will advance our collective well-being and the greater good.

We relish every opportunity to make connections with our alumni and donors, like-minded discoverers and industry partners who want to “be the change.”

For more information about the Bronco Discovery and Innovation series, contact Virginia Pellegrini, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations (208) 426-3158.

Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.

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