Meet Sara Ternes, Iowa Cancer Consortium Spring 2022 Practicum Student

Hello! My name is Sara Ternes, and I am currently completing my practicum experience at the Iowa Cancer Consortium under the direction of Kelly Sittig. I am enrolled at the University of Iowa College of Public Health in the Master of Public Health (MPH) in Epidemiology program, and I will graduate in May of this year. In addition to my studies, I am employed at a local biotechnology company as a research scientist focusing on regenerative medicine, protein bioproduction and cancer research.

After graduating in the Spring, I am looking forward to continuing my academic career this Fall as I will begin to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, focused on Cancer Epidemiology. My goal is to transition my studies to a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) with the hopes of becoming a practicing oncologist.

I have always had a passion for cancer research, so I am thrilled to be able to be working with the Iowa Cancer Consortium to advance their important efforts of providing support and resources for Iowans facing a cancer diagnosis and advancing cancer prevention and control in Iowa.

One of my main projects for the Consortium this semester is coordinating an event for the Research & Clinical Trials Virtual Roundtable series. Clinical Trials 101: Everything You Want to Know About Cancer Clinical Trials in Iowa is a free session on April 21st, 2022 from 12-1pm intended for cancer patients, their caretakers, and the general public. A recording will be made available afterwards on the Consortium’s YouTube channel for those who cannot attend.

Clinical Trials 101 webinar for cancer patients, their caretakers, and the general public. Will answer questions like "what are clinical trials? is a cancer clinical trial right for me?" and more. April 21, 2022 from 12-1pm. Click here to register.