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$2.7 million awarded for metastatic colon cancer research
Date:10/11/2007

PHILADELPHIA Through the generous philanthropic support of the Littlefield 2000 Trust, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to announce four recipients of the 2007 Jeannik M. Littlefield-AACR Grants for Metastatic Colon Cancer Research, totaling $2.7 million. Now in its second year, this competitive grant program supports the cutting-edge research of top scientists from around the world, working to accelerate the discovery and development of new treatments for metastatic colon cancer.

Colon cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in men and women. An estimated 154,000 new cases will be diagnosed this year in the U.S. alone. While colon cancer in its earliest stages is often treatable, the spread, or metastasis of the disease to other parts of the body makes for a more complicated course of treatment and potentially a poorer prognosis. Metastatic colon cancer research will advance our understanding of disease progression, the goal being to develop improved therapeutics and achieve better outcomes for patients.

With individual grants ranging from $500,000 to nearly $1 million, the Littlefield funding is intended to have high impact and foster tangible progress against metastatic colon cancer. Special emphasis is placed on research that holds promise for bringing new therapeutics for metastatic colon cancer to patients within a one- to two-year period.

The 2007 Jeannik M. Littlefield-AACR grantees are: Michael Kahn, Ph.D., University of Southern California, Los Angeles (USC); Michael Karin, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego (UCSD); Louis Weiner, M.D., Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia; and Makoto Mark Taketo, M.D., Ph.D., Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan.

More than 80 grant applications were submitted and rigorously reviewed by a committee of esteemed senior scientists. Four outstanding projects emerged as the most promising in terms of their potential to make substan
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Contact: Jennifer Ryan
jennifer.ryan@aacr.org
267-646-0558
American Association for Cancer Research
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