June 2020 | E-Newsletter
Missouri Cures Education Foundation is a statewide non-profit alliance working to promote & protect medical advances to improve the health of Missourians and stimulate the economy in our state. Donations are tax-deductible & support education and outreach programs.
From the Director's Desk:
The Missouri Cures Education Foundation has gone virtual! We have always collaborated and connected with our supporters, volunteers, researchers and community leaders around the state to get our message out on the importance of medical research. During this challenging time, meeting face to face and networking in person is limited. Missouri Cures, like so many other organizations, has had to rethink how we connect and provide important information to our supporters so we have taken all of our 2020 events virtual!

The exciting part of going virtual is that no matter where you live around the state or around the country, you can be a part of all of our events. Below you will find information about our virtual Women in Science, Entrepreneurship and Research events and our Rare Disease Symposium. I hope you can join us for one or all of these informative events. Also, check out our new podcast, WISER Conversations which highlights successful women in science, entrepreneurship and research.

Stay well,

Dena Ladd
Executive Director
Missouri Cures
News Around Missouri:
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University of Missouri:
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National & International:
Spotlight:
WISER Woman:
Dr. Michelle Altrich is the President of Viracor Eurofins, a Lee’s Summit diagnostic company that has been on the frontlines of fighting the novel coronavirus here in Missouri. Since January Dr. Altrich has led the way as Viracor Eurofins works to develop a test to detect COVID-19 in patients as well as a diagnostic to detect coronavirus antibodies in those who’ve already had the disease. You can hear more from Dr. Altrich in the MOST Policy Briefing linked below or you can find out more about her incredible work here.
Meet the Researcher:
We are excited to introduce Dr. Yuksel Agca as our feature researcher. Dr. Agca is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Medicine at University of Missouri Columbia. He and his team of researchers induced menopause in rats to study cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease with hormone depletion. According to Dr. Agca, “These animal models can be useful for future testing to examine the impact of a variety of other factors, such as alcohol, smoking, diet, exercise, hypertension or previous traumatic brain injuries.” Learn more about his work here.
Missouri Cures Goes Virtual:
We invite you to listen to the first episode of our podcast WISER Conversations, featuring Maxine Clark, Founder of Build-a-Bear Workshop.
Join us for our WISER KC Virtual Event
Or one of our other upcoming events:

9/22/2020 - WISER Columbia
11/6/2020 - WISER St. Louis
And, watch Missouri Research Response to COVID-19 brought to you by MOST in partnership with Missouri Cures Education Foundation
Community Events:
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