The Ride presents over $400,000 to 2019 Ride Scholars

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Madison, Wis. –

Dr. Nathan Sherer, a University of Wisconsin associate professor of molecular virology and oncology, was awarded The Ride Scholarship on January 18, 2020 at the Wisconsin Hockey’s 4th Annual Face-off Against Cancer game due to his exemplary discoveries in 2019. This award will help fund Dr. Sherer’s further studies of HIV drug usage in preventing and treating HPV-associated cancers at the University of Wisconsin Madison.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection. High-risk strains of HPV cause cervical, anal, and head and neck cancers. Although there are vaccines to prevent infection, these are not therapeutic to patients who have already been infected with HPV.

Dr.  Sherer and Dr. Evie Carchman, UW Carbone Cancer Center surgeon, recently discovered that protease inhibitors, FDA-approved drugs used to treat HIV, suppress HPV gene expression in HPV-positive cell lines. With funding from The Ride, they will study the potential of using these drugs to prevent or treat HPV-associated cancers.

The Ride was created in 2016 and has generated over $1.2 Million towards the University of Wisconsin’s cancer mission. The Ride delivers 100% of all rider-raised funds towards cancer initiatives made possible by the generous support of its sponsors.

Participants have the ability to register for any of the five routes (3-mile, 17-mile, 34-mile, 63-mile, 102-mile) which feature the same start and finish location. The 3-mile route, which caters to adults and children will be solely contained within the American Family Insurance campus and will not utilize any public roads. In addition, the new site location and layout will offer increased participant on-site amenities such as parking, registration, packet pick-up, food and post-ride programming and entertainment.

Visit TheRideWI.org to learn more about the cycling benefit and how it drives critical cancer research and treatment programs at the University of Wisconsin.