The Ameilia Project


Location: Indiana University Kokomo, Kresge Auditorium, 2300 S. Washington St., Kokomo, IN 46932

The Amelia Project, Giving Wings to Research, was created in 1998 by consumers in order to impact and expedite the breast cancer research agenda in Indiana.

The project is designed to improve the quality of care for Indiana women by fostering a statewide community of scientists and clinicians, who in partnership with the consumers, are working toward the eradication of breast cancer. The program brings senior and junior scientists, clinical investigators, and students from six different Indiana universities and colleges together on a neutral field under the consumer umbrella.

The Catherine Peachey Fund and the Central Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen underwrote the meeting for the first 12 years. Volunteers of the Peachey Fund and Komen facilitate and host the program. The meeting is now developed with the IU Simon Cancer Center.

The Amelia Project seeks to serve the following populations:

  • the women of Indiana who are screened, diagnosed and treated by the scientists and physicians who do research, practice and study in Indiana
  • the graduate student population who can be enlightened to the challenge and inspired to careers in basic science research in breast cancer by offering them the opportunity to work, learn and collaborate with the best scientists in the state
  • the scientific and medical communities in Indiana who work, or who can be encouraged to work, in the field of basic science research in breast cancer

Keynote speakers for the 2016 meeting are:

Rulla Tamimi, ScD
Associate Professor of Medicine Research,
Harvard Medical School Pharmacology
Associate Professor of Epidemiology Research
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Rolf A. Brekken, PhD
Effie Marie Cain Scholar in Angiogenisis
Professor, Departments of Surgery and
Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Conference Chairs

  • Dr. Richard Zellars, Professor and Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology, IU School of Medicine
  • Dr.Crislyn D'Souza-Schorey, Pollard Professor & Department Chair, Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
  • Dr. Joseph Irudayaraj, Professor of Biological Engineering, Bindley Bioscience Center, Purdue University

One of the truly unique aspects of this meeting is that it is free to the attendees. It is a unique opportunity to view world-class science without traveling outside of Indiana.

The 2016 meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 12 at Indiana University Kokomo, Kresge Auditorium (located in the Library Building) 2300 S. Washington Street Kokomo, IN 46932.

For questions, contact Kristen Scott

The Catherine Peachey Fund