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Lombardi scientist brings 'dream team' breast cancer research effort to GUMC
Date:5/27/2009

Washington, DC -- It's called a "Dream Team." Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center's incoming scientific director V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, DSc, and 12 of the nation's top breast cancer researchers have been awarded a multi-million dollar grant from Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) to form a scientific "Dream Team." This collaboration of the best and brightest scientists will conduct new breast cancer research with the goal of producing tangible research results benefiting patient care within three years.

"This is a very innovative approach to funding research," explains Jordan, a pharmacologist who will serve as vice chairman of Lombardi's department of oncology when he joins the cancer center in July. "We hear a lot about the need to accelerate cancer research but this is the first effort that could truly speed up the translation made in the laboratory and impact cancer care."

SU2C is a charitable initiative supporting groundbreaking research aimed at getting new cancer treatments to patients in an accelerated timeframe. SU2C represents an unprecedented collaboration uniting the major television networks, entertainment industry executives and celebrities, and prominent leaders in cancer research and patient advocacy. The majority of the $73.7 million awarded in this first round of three-year grants for the five Dream Teams was raised in connection with an SU2C telecast on September 5, 2008 that aired simultaneously on the ABC, CBS and NBC networks.

The grant awarded to Jordan and his scientific collaborators recognizes the pursuit of the most promising research -- accelerating the discovery of new therapies for cancer patients and/or advancing efforts in cancer prevention research. Jordan and his Dream Team colleagues will work toward a greater understanding of hormone receptor positive, HER2 positive and triple negative subtypes of breast cancer.

Breast cancer claims the lives of 40,000 women in the United States ea
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Contact: Karen Mallet
km463@georgetown.edu
215-514-9751
Georgetown University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

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