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Tour of the University of Notre Dame’s Cancer Research Facility

Jan 27, 2014

Toni Page-Mayberry, adjunct medical instructor at the South Bend Campus, is a full-time tissue bank coordinator with the Harper Cancer Research Institute (HCRI) at the University of Notre Dame (UND).  Early on a cold windy non-football Saturday morning, Toni gave the medical assisting and medical billing and coding students a special tour of the campus’s facility and laboratory.  It was fascinating to see the magnitude of scientific equipment provided to the researchers, faculty, and students from the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University of South Bend who are working in conjunction with the local medical community in a variety of areas. 

Two medical billing and coding program students, Stefanie Freeman and Sheila Waters,  were most impressed with how informative the tour was and how extremely passionate Toni is about her work.  Stefanie said, “I learned many interesting facts about microbiology,” and Sheila said, “I have not yet had Ms. Mayberry as an instructor, but I hope to have her for class because she is amazing.” 

HCRI is a non-profit organization with investigators who are dedicated to conducting innovative and integrative research that confronts the complex challenges of cancer.  Their programmatic structure fosters multi-disciplinary cancer research by promoting interactions among research groups with distinct expertise and by training young scientists to work across scientific fields. Clinical partnerships provide key translational insight and strengthen the mission of discovery. 

The students’ exposure to this environment was definitely eye opening to them and continued to feed their thirst for knowledge in their chosen careers.

Pictured (l) to (r): Toni Page-Mayberry,instructor; Sheila Waters, student, Stefanie Freeman, student; Sharia Howell, student; Latoya Bradshaw, student; Christina Thomas, MAA student; Brenda Smith, student;  Robyn Stachowiak, instructor; and Mary Mathews, career center director.

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