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Former Huntington resident to speak about cancer

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2013

It will be a homecoming of sorts on April 25 when an internationally renowned medical scientist returns to Huntington County to deliver remarks to the public on advances in his specialty, cancer research.

Former Huntington resident Mark R. Kelley, Ph.D., will address a luncheon event at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke. He appears on behalf of Riley Children’s Hospital and Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he is a professor of pediatric oncology research.

The event will be an open house for Dr. Kelley, followed by lunch and his remarks. It will be one of several engagements for him in the area that day, including an appearance at a Riley Society function in Fort Wayne. The cost of the event is $10 per person. The luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude by 1 p.m. Reservations can be made through the Cottage Event Center by calling (260) 414-2015. The event can be paid by credit card over the phone or by cash or check at the door.

Dr. Kelley’s remarks will touch on discoveries and recent advances in cancer research as well as new approaches to combating cancer, cost-benefit considerations for cancer treatments and bioethics. His goal is to leave his audience with a better understanding on cancer as a multi-faceted disease, how fighting cancer is increasingly difficult for researchers and how advances in that fight will require new collaborations among researchers and medical providers.

Dr. Kelley is a graduate of Huntington North High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from DePauw University and a master’s in zoology from Louisiana State University. His doctorate in genetics came from Louisiana State and he was an American Cancer Society post-doctoral fellow at The Rockefeller University in New York City.

He was a professor of biochemistry and medicine at Loyola University Medical School in Illinois before joining Indiana University at the Simon Cancer Center in 1994. He is also associate director of the Herman B. Wells Center for Pediatric Research at Riley Hospital, which is operated by the IU Medical Center.

Dr. Kelley’s research has focused on DNA repair, a key factor in the gene therapy approach to killing cancer cells. He has written or co-authored scores of scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, dealing with DNA repair and its promise in cancer diagnosis and therapy.