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American Cancer Society awards 152 new research and training grants
Date:5/17/2010

effectively to community decision-makers so that effective tobacco control polices can be created for marginalized populations, such as those with mental illness and/or substance abuse problems.

  • Cheryl Holt, PhD at the University of Maryland is investigating whether framing cancer educational materials in a spiritual context will help increase informed decision making for prostate cancer testing among men in African American churches.

  • Doctoral student Sarah Bollinger, MSW, in The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University will investigate recently identified links between the triple negative breast cancer subtype and psychosocial factors (including neighborhood violence, history of abuse, isolation, and depression) in the most frequently affected group: young, African American females.

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    • Dr. Heidi Imker working at Harvard University is focused on a class of natural chemicals called syrbactins, originally isolated from a bacterial plant pathogen. Syrbactins have been shown to have antitumor activity and to inhibit a cellular system involved in cancer. Dr. Imker has developed a method for biosynthesis of syrbactins and a series of related compounds for testing in the laboratory and in animals as a prelude to human trials.

    • Dr. Robert Huigens working at the University of Illinois is attempting to make the natural product, Englerin A, which was isolated in tiny quantities from a plant in Africa. Englerin A has generated excitement for showing highly potent and selective activity for elimination of renal cancer cells, a tumor that occurs in more than 50,000 people in the U.S. each year, and for which there are only a limited number of therapeutic options.

    • Dr. Jonathan Brody at Thomas Jefferson University has made an important observation that the amount of a particular protein, HuR, correlates very well with the therapeutic benefit of gemcitabine, one of the f
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    Contact: David Sampson
    david.sampson@cancer.org
    American Cancer Society
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