Friday, May 4, 2018

Flying high: MGH researcher teams up with superheroes to fight cancer


MIGHTY MAUS: Maus with her family at the unveiling of the plane

"There was an idea. To bring together a group of remarkable people. To see if we could become something more. So, when they needed us, we could fight the battles that they never could.”  -Avengers: Infinity War

Marcela Maus, MD, PhD, stands with her family beneath a custom-wrapped American Airlines A32IT plane featuring her photograph alongside superheroes Thor, Iron Man and Black Panther from the movie “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The plane, unveiled earlier this month, is now in service, traveling between Los Angeles and New York. The plane is part of a public service campaign, which also includes print, radio and digital messages to raise money and awareness for cancer. The first-of-its-kind collaboration joins together Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), American Airlines and Marvel Studios.

“I definitely didn’t expect that being a physician/scientist would put me in the same league as the Marvel superheroes,” says Maus. “I’m so grateful to SU2C, not just for funding our cancer research work, but also for their intellectual and programmatic support for the public service they do by raising awareness of cancer research and the progress that doctors and scientists are making in treating cancer.”

Maus is a 2017 Innovative Research Grant recipient from SU2C for her work in novel, next-generation CAR-T cell immunotherapies and for her work with blood cancers such as myeloma, lymphoma and leukemia. Alongside other researchers, the campaign also features American Airlines staff who have fought cancer and those who currently are battling the disease. 



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