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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation grants prestigious awards to 17 young scientists
Date:1/28/2013

New York, NY (January 28, 2013) The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting innovative early career researchers, named 15 new Damon Runyon Fellows at its fall Fellowship Award Committee review. The recipients of this prestigious, three-year award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators across the country. The Fellowship encourages the nation's most promising young scientists to pursue careers in cancer research by providing them with independent funding ($156,000 each) to work on innovative projects.

The Committee also named two new recipients of the Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists. This award provides additional funding to scientists completing a prestigious Damon Runyon Fellowship Award who have greatly exceeded the Foundation's highest expectations and are most likely to make paradigm-shifting breakthroughs that transform the way we prevent, diagnose and treat cancer. Each awardee will receive $100,000 to be used toward their research.

Recipients of the Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists:

Adam de la Zerda, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow '11-'12), Stanford University, Stanford, California

Dr. de la Zerda is building tools that would allow scientists, for the first time, to look inside a tumor and directly visualize the signaling that takes place between cancer cells in a tumor. Learning about this signaling is essential to our understanding of cancer growth, spread and response to treatment. Such new understanding will ultimately translate to better diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

Gabriel C. Lander, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow '10-'13), The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, California

Dr. Lander will use high-resolution cryo-electron microscopy to characterize the structural organization of the large protein compl
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Contact: Yung S. Lie, PhD
yung.lie@damonrunyon.org
212-455-0521
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
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