The Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University, in cooperation with Chicago Sister Cities International, presented the third Chicago Sister Cities Medical Initiative Program in October. The collaboration afforded a unique opportunity for breast cancer specialists from Chicago's affiliated Sister Cities to attend the 14th Annual Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium.
Physicians from Busan, Republic of Korea (left) and Amman,
Jordan (right) with Dr. William Gradishar at the reception
Through a generous grant from the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, a competitive application process awarded 21 clinicians from 21 different sister cities the chance to attend the symposium held in Chicago from October 4-7, 2012. The initiative presented an unrivaled opportunity for clinicians from around the globe to interface with a world-renowned cancer center and tour one of the busiest and most comprehensive women's cancer centers in the country, the Maggie Daley Center for Women's Cancer Care. In addition, the international visitors learned about practical patient care strategies, exciting breakthroughs in breast cancer research, and explored research opportunities. Dr. Steve Rosen, Director of the Lurie Cancer Center, along with Stephanie Lieber, Chair of the Lynn Sage Cancer Research Foundation, presented awards to the honorees at a dinner reception.
Represented cities included: Amman, Jordan; Mexico City, Mexico; Milan, Italy; Bogota, Colombia; Toronto, Canada; Accra, Ghana; Lucerne, Switzerland; Hamburg, Germany; Moscow, Russia; Delhi, India; Busan, Republic of Korea; Athens, Greece; Birmingham, England; Birmingham, England; Warsaw, Poland; Belgrade, Serbia; Paris, France; Lahore, Pakistan; Vilnius, Lithuania; Osaka, Japan; Galway, Ireland; and Shenyang, China.
The Chicago Sister Cities International Program provides leadership to develop, manage, and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago's sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of culture, education, medicine, social services, environment, and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses.