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Ballinger earns Career Development Award from ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation

Michael Schug • 6/27/19

Ballinger earns Career Development Award from ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation

Tarah Ballinger, MD, was named a recipient of the Career Development Award presented by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). It was presented at the recent 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago.

The Career Development Award provides research funding to clinical investigators as they establish an independent research program. The Career Development grants are awarded to researchers with a focus on patient-oriented clinical or translational research. The award, supported by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, is a three-year grant totaling $200,000 to support Ballinger’s project, “Good Vibrations: A Novel Mechanical Intervention to Understand and Preserve Musculoskeletal Health in Early Stage Breast Cancer.”

The goal of the project, according to Ballinger, is to evaluate low intensity vibration as a means to mimic the benefits of exercise to the musculoskeletal system, and to deepen our understanding of how common breast cancer medications affect muscular and skeletal health.

Ballinger’s mentors for the research project are Theresa Guise, MD, and Kathy Miller, MD.

Ballinger previously secured funding to study the molecular mechanisms of muscle weakness in breast cancer patients and has opened a clinical trial assessing physical function and physical activity interventions to combat muscle weakness in patients.

Her long-range plan is to continue researching the musculoskeletal complications of breast cancer and its therapies with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of life and treatment outcomes for patients.

Ballinger is an assistant professor of clinical medicine, the Sheila D. Ward Scholar in Oncology, and a member of the Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research at IU School of Medicine, and an associate member of the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at the IU Simon Cancer Center.

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Michael Schug

Michael Schug, an award-winning communicator, is the communications manager at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center. In this role, he promotes the important research generated by the nearly 240 research members of the IU Simon Cancer Center – one of only 70 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in the nation. He works with reporters as they develop stories for print, broadcast and social media outlets about the center’s research. He also develops content about the center, its programs and its researchers for internal IU communications channels. Schug is a member of the Public Affairs and Marketing Network (PAMN), which is composed of cancer centers designated by the NCI or that are members of the Association of American Cancer Institutes. He served on the PAMN steering committee for six years. He holds a BA in journalism from Franklin College and an MA in public relations from Ball State University.