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Central RED Society to Present Cancer Researcher Nyla Heerema

Featured: Central RED Society to Present Cancer Researcher Nyla Heerema

February 4, 2019

Nyla Heerema ’63 will discuss “Visions of Cancer” at the next Central Red Society event. Lunch starts at noon and the presentation is at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Boat/Moore/Weller Room of the Maytag Student Center on the Central College Campus in Pella, Iowa. Cost is $10.

Heerema earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Central in 1963. She has a doctorate in genetics from the University of Iowa and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in medical cytogenetics at Indiana University College of Medicine. Now a professor at The Ohio State University, she directs a large clinical laboratory and conducts research on the cytogenetics of leukemia, focusing on adult chronic lymphocytic leukemia and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. She will discuss how cytogenetics impacts treatment of pediatric ALL patients and the advances made in treating the disease.

Participants must be a member of the Central RED (“Ready to Engage and Discover”) Society to attend. A Central RED membership costs $25 per year. To become a member, contact Mary Benedict at benedictm@central.edu or 641-628-7641. No affiliation with Central is required to join.