Markey Cancer Center Research Day

Markey Cancer Center Research Day is an exciting and informative event that showcases the innovative cancer research projects happening across all disciplines at the University of Kentucky. This single-day event provides a platform for the UK research community to share their work and collaborate with others. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a poster session, attend oral presentations, and hear from experts during the Susan B. Lester and Gilbert H. Friedell, MD, Memorial Lectures.


Presented by Markey Cancer Center and Markey Cancer Foundation


Friday, May 10, 2024
8 a.m.–4 p.m.
Gatton Student Center

2023 Research Day Program

Click below to download the 2023 Cancer Research Day Program and Abstract Book.
Program/Abstract Book


Gilbert H. Friedell Memorial Lecture

Dr. Friedell
Dr. Gilbert H. Friedell

About Gilbert H. Friedell

In 1983, Dr. Friedell became the first director of the UK Markey Cancer Center, beginning a legacy of cancer care that continues to grow and make a difference in the lives of Kentuckians every day. At Markey, he co-founded the Kentucky Cancer Registry – now one of the premiere SEER databases in the country – and served as the principal investigator of the National Cancer Institute’s Mid-South Cancer Information Service, a cancer education program that provides easy-to-understand information for cancer patients, survivors, health care providers and more.

Dr. Friedell was a passionate advocate for programs that provided education and increased access to healthcare for the medically underserved, particularly in Appalachian Kentucky. He famously believed that “If the problems are in the community, the solutions are in the community.” With this in mind, he helped launch Kentucky Homeplace, an initiative that has linked tens of thousands of rural Kentuckians with medical, social and environmental services since it began in 1994.

Though he retired from UK in 2000, Dr. Friedell’s influence is still felt strongly in the overarching mission of our cancer center: to conquer cancer in the Commonwealth. We at Markey are proud to uphold the vision and values of Dr. Friedell, building upon his contributions to public health as we continue to care for Kentuckians with cancer.


Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture


Susan B. Lester
Susan B. Lester

About Susan B. Lester

The family and friends of Susan B. Lester endowed a lectureship in her honor, and it is this generous donation that makes the Markey Cancer Center Research Day possible.

Mrs. Lester left an indelible mark on her world, serving as a clinical dietician for Eastern State Hospital and for nursing home patients in Eastern and Central Kentucky.

This symposium benchmarks recent advances in cancer research and thus honors Mrs. Lester by underscoring both her generous life and the brave battle she fought against this disease.




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Markey Cancer Center Research Day (MCCRD) is a single-day event showcasing current cancer research projects throughout all disciplines at the University of Kentucky. 

The UK research community will have the opportunity to share its work in an atmosphere of learning and collaboration throughout the day via:

  • Poster Session
  • Oral presentations (invited from abstract submissions)
  • Exhibit Hall/Luncheon
  • State of the Cancer Center Address
  • Susan B. Lester Memorial Lecture
  • Gilbert H. Friedell, MD, Memorial Lecture

Prizes are awarded to graduate students and to post-doctoral fellows for the best posters in categories such as basic science, clinical, translational, population-based and more.

In addition to the poster competition, the judges select abstracts to be presented during the morning oral presentations from among from graduate students, post­ doctoral fellows and junior faculty members.

Presented by the Markey Cancer Center and the UK Markey Cancer Foundation.

For questions or assistance, please contact Sandra Shepherd, MCC Event Coordinator. 

NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - A Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Markey Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center – a distinction that recognizes our commitment to accelerating precision cancer research and care to patients. We are the first and only NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center in Kentucky, and one of 56 in the nation.