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WSU doctors win Michael J. Brennan Scientific Distinction Award

Dr. Juhasz, left, and Dr. Mittal accept the Dr. Michael J. Brennan Scientific Distinction Award.

Dr. Juhasz, left, and Dr. Mittal accept the Dr. Michael J. Brennan Scientific Distinction Award.

Csaba Juhasz, M.D., Ph.D.

Csaba Juhasz, M.D., Ph.D.

Sandeep Mittal, M.D.

Sandeep Mittal, M.D.

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute presented its 19th annual Heroes of Breast Cancer Awards on Oct. 29.

The awards honor individuals and organizations that have distinguished themselves by educating people about breast cancer, conducting breast cancer research and promoting breast cancer awareness through early detection, treatment and survivorship.

Two members of the Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty – Csaba Juhasz, M.D., Ph.D., professor of pediatrics and neurology; and Sandeep Mittal, M.D., F.R.C.S.C., associate professor of neurosurgery and co-team leader of the KCI Neuro-Oncology Multidisciplinary Team – received the Dr. Michael J. Brennan Scientific Distinction Award for demonstrated leadership in breast cancer research.

Drs. Juhasz and Mittal, a neurologist and a brain surgeon respectively, pioneered an imaging method that allows visualization of breast cancer metastasis at such high resolution that tumors in the brain can be more accurately categorized. Their work can lead to treatments that are much better able to target the disease.

“I am honored to receive this award, which recognizes not only me but also the efforts of a team of dedicated specialists from multiple disciplines,” Dr. Juhasz said. “I take this award as an encouragement that we are on the right track, and also as an inspiration to continue our work until we succeed. I am convinced that our pre-clinical and human studies will help patients with both primary and metastatic disease.”

The award is named for the man who served as president of the Michigan Cancer Foundation, the forerunner of KCI. Dr. Brennan, who died in 2010, was a nationally-renowned oncologist who served as president until 199l.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award. We have made great strides in the diagnosis and treatment of the primary disease,” Dr. Mittal said. “We are now focusing on developing ways to predict which patients are more likely to develop brain metastases, as well as trying to prevent the disease from spreading to the central nervous system. These efforts will no doubt help to improve the lives of patients with breast cancer.”
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