- UNITES women as advocates to prevent and cure cancer
- OFFERS educational and networking opportunities for members
- GRANTS philanthropic support for the research and clinical work of female scientists
- PROMOTES Moffitt’s female physicians and their outstanding patient care
- SUPPORTS the Center for Women’s Oncology
- ENCOURAGES female students aspiring to pursue careers in science and medicine
The Moffitt Merit Society® carries on the legacy of Merit Ptah, the first known woman in medicine nearly 5,000 years ago. The skills, achievements and compassionate care of female physicians and scientists at Moffitt reflect a deep commitment to providing hope and improving quality of life for those touched by cancer.
Become a member!
Each member is part of this lifesaving quest. Membership benefits include tickets to the annual Merit Society membership event, invitations to educational and networking opportunities, one-on-one interaction with Moffitt experts, recognition in Moffitt communications and regular updates on physicians and scientists whose work benefits women's cancer research.
Membership $1000/*Associate Membership $500
*Available to women 40 and under
We would love to talk with you about membership.
REGISTER ONLINE: Click here to register for the Merit Society
These educational and networking opportunities allow members to hear from Moffitt experts about specific research initiatives, introduce guests to the Merit Society and vote on which project to support. This year, the Coffee Talks theme is Cancer Care & Research Outside of the Box, featuring projects focused on the role of infections in cancer; nutrition and cancer; and healing and wellness.
In 2011, the Merit Society invested $10,000 in Dr. Patricia Judson’s study to determine whether a food supplement can improve survival rates and quality of life for women with ovarian cancer. The study, published in the International Journal of Gynecologic Cancer, shows that fermented wheat germ extract (FWGE) is effective in killing a wide range of ovarian cancer cells while simultaneously enhancing the cancer-fighting qualities of certain chemotherapy treatments. Read the full story. These results will serve as the foundation for a world-first clinical trial, a stepping stone to personalized medicine using natural products.
In 2012, the Merit Society invested $10,000 in Dr. Nagi Kumar's study to determine whether nutritional supplements will reverse the effects of "chemo-brain" in cancer patients. The ultimate goal is to provide therapeutic and lifestyle interventions with the potential to alleviate or lessen the side effects of cancer treatment and improve quality of life for cancer survivors.