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ASH awards first Bridge Grants to sustain critical hematology research
Date:4/8/2013

national priority, which is why it was so important for ASH to support today's rally at the highest level."

The first round of ASH's one-year, $100,000 bridge grants awarded today will allow 17 basic, clinical, and translational hematology researchers whose NIH R01 series grant applications were deemed excellent by NIH peer review but not funded due to budget cutbacks to continue their critical research on blood diseases. The Society will award at least 30 bridge grants each year over the next three years to help support recipients as they work to secure funding to allow their critical research to move forward.

Research supported by ASH's inaugural round of bridge grants spans the breadth of hematology. Funded projects range from exploring a gene signaling pathway that will allow researchers to better understand chemotherapy resistance in children with acute myeloid leukemia to exploring how red blood cells respond to oxidative stress. Other projects to receive ASH bridge grant funding include studies that seek to gain additional insight into the behavior of gene signaling in lymphoma, the role of a critical marker of blood-forming stem cells, and how proteins when modified induce dangerous arterial blood clots which are a leading cause of acute coronary syndrome and cardiovascular death.

The awards announced today represent the first of two award cycles to occur this year. The second 2013 application deadline will be April 19, and applicants will be notified of acceptance on or around July 1. Beyond the Society's financial commitment that will provide for two rounds of approximately 15 bridge grants to be awarded annually through 2015, additional awards will be supplemented by support from corporate and individual contributors. Generous support from Amgen, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline, Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company, and Novartis enabled the Society to award several additional Bridge Grants as
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Contact: Andrea Slesinski
aslesinski@hematology.org
202-552-4927
American Society of Hematology
Source:Eurekalert

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