Pro Humanitate: close to home
When Linda Tuttle, a staff assistant in the Department of Chemistry, was diagnosed with breast cancer, she never imagined her experience would inspire colleagues to develop a new treatment for the disease. She was accustomed to talking to faculty and staff about meetings and course loads, not about doctors’ appointments and treatment plans.
But after her 2009 diagnosis, Tuttle’s use of the drug tamoxifen inspired medicinal chemist Uli Bierbach and research colleagues Song Ding and Xin Qiao to develop a targeted therapy — one that sneaks up on breast cancer like a “Trojan Horse” attack.
Their inspirational story, where innovative research meets real life, reaffirms Wake Forest’s commitment to Pro Humanitate — whether halfway around the world or right here at home.
Cherin C. Poovey (P ’08)
Managing Editor, Wake Forest Magazine