Former Flight Attendant Leaves Nearly Half Million to CPIC

August 2012

Dear Get In Front Supporter,

This month, we bring to you our latest findings that reflect good news for women who have stopped taking hormone replacement therapy. We also report on some of our most recently funded studies, which include promising new research about air quality in nail salons. CPIC has many people to thank for making all of this ongoing and important cancer prevention work possible. This month, we thank those who have supported CPIC through major planned gifts and through service on our Institutional Review Board and Board of Trustees. And we thank YOU, our loyal readers and friends for keeping up with us as we Get In Front.

CPIC Study Finds Reduced Breast Cancer Risk from Alcohol Use Following Cessation of Hormone Therapy

CPIC has just released results from a study that examined whether the increased breast cancer risk related to alcohol consumption in postmenopausal women was affected by the use of hormone therapy (HT). Our scientists found that after women stopped using HT, their risk of breast cancer was no longer elevated with moderate alcohol consumption. The investigators based their results on responses from more than 40,000 participants from the California Teachers Study.

See what lead author Dr. Pamela Horn-Ross says about the findings

Former Flight Attendant Leaves Nearly Half Million Dollar Legacy of Support for Prevention Research

The late Joylene Weidner with her (late) husband, Harry As she battled a dire cancer diagnosis, Joylene Weidner of San Mateo, California decided she wanted to help prevent others from ever having to endure what she did. Ms. Weidner, who came to the United States from Australia and worked as a flight attendant, wished for part of her estate to go to a California organization working to prevent cancer. She passed away in 2009 and last month her trustees, Mike and Lily Ryan, followed through on her wishes and made a gift of $440,000 on her behalf to CPIC for its cancer prevention research. CPIC expresses sincerest gratitude to Ms. Weidner and we are honored to accept such a generous gift from someone who truly understood the value of prevention research. If you’re interested in including CPIC in your own estate planning, please contact Dori Ives at

Learn more about leaving a legacy through planned giving

The Pipeline: New Nail Salon Research

Six CPIC research studies and contracts received new or continuing grant funding in July. One of these studies is new work related to CPIC's sustained focus on nail salon worker health, an area of our research that has attracted national attention and influenced federal policy action. CPIC Research Scientist Thu Quach, Ph.D., and her collaborators are using the new funding to determine whether nail salons participating in San Francisco's Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program have reduced levels of select airborne compounds than other nail salons.

Learn more about our recently funded work

Behind the Scenes at CPIC: Protecting Research Participants

Meet Joseph McGuire, M.D., Co-chair of the Institutional Review Board at CPIC. An Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews research studies from an ethics perspective to ensure the study participants are well protected. Dr. McGuire and the CPIC IRB evaluate the benefits of participation in CPIC studies, work to minimize risks, ensure all data meets security standards, and specifically ensure participants are fully informed about the studies in which they freely agree to participate. They review more than 80 active studies each year. "I've been delighted to serve on CPIC's IRB," says Dr. McGuire. "The study applications we review reflect each investigator's commitment to cancer research and respect for study participants. Also, it's exciting to be part of a process that often ends with CPIC research being published in some of the most influential journals." CPIC thanks Dr. McGuire and the many volunteers who help us safeguard the ethics of our research. If you're interested in serving on CPIC's IRB, please contact Robert McLaughlin at

Contact us about serving on CPIC's IRB

CPIC Recognizes Retiring Board Trustees’ Service and Support

In June, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Vinita Gupta and former finance professional Terri Kwiatek retired from the CPIC Board of Trustees. During her two-year service to the Board, Ms. Gupta volunteered as Chair of the Nominating Committee and has been inspired by the targeted approach of CPIC cancer prevention research. She has made an early commitment to support CPIC’s upcoming $25,000 Matching Challenge 2012. Ms. Kwiatek served and supported CPIC for over a decade, first as a member of the Finance Committee in 2001. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2002 and served as Vice Chair and Secretary/Treasurer of the Board, chairman of the Audit Committee and was a member of several Board committees. Ms. Kwiatek considers CPIC a “great place to get involved” and has enjoyed working “with staff members who are dedicated to their goals.” CPIC extends deep appreciation to Ms. Gupta and Ms. Kwiatek for their generosity and dedication to our organization and its cancer prevention mission.

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