Katie Couric visited Sanford “Sandy” Markowitz, MD, PhD, the Markowitz-Ingalls Professor of Cancer Genetics at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and an oncologist at the Ireland Cancer Center of University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and his research team in his lab Saturday before Commencement to gain a better understanding of the day-to-day research necessary for advancements in colon cancer.
The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric anchor and managing editor received a warm welcome from the researchers, who provided Couric with hands-on training. They also informed her of the various research projects being conducted in the Markowitz lab at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Watch the video of Couric’s lab tour.
The touching visit brought together Couric and Markowitz, who have been working together for years to improve colon cancer screening, and ultimately the disease. Couric's late husband, Jay Monahan, succumbed to the disease in 1998.
Couric went on to help co-found The Entertainment Industry Foundation's National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance, which has raised awareness and funding for colon cancer research.
On Sunday, Couric delivered the Commencement convocation. More than 1,900 students graduated. Campus members can watch the speech online.
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