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American Cancer Society awards new research and training grants
Date:4/4/2011

ATLANTAApril 4, 2011 The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has awarded 132 national research and training grants totaling $49,213,000 to 85 institutions nationwide in the second of two grants cycles for 2011. The grants go into effect beginning July 1, 2011; 118 are new grants and 14 are renewals of previous grants.

For more than 60 years, the American Cancer Society has funded research and training of health professionals to investigate the causes, prevention, and early detection of cancer, as well as new treatments, cancer survivorship, and end of life support for patients and their families. Since its founding in 1946, the American Cancer Society's extramural research grants program has devoted more than $3.5 billion to cancer research and has funded 44 researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

Below are highlights of new grants.

Cancer Causes

Anny Shai from the University of California-San Francisco will study the connections in lung cancer cells between two oncogenes (cancer-causing genes) and the ability of tumors to stimulate new blood vessel formation (angiogenesis). She and her colleagues will investigate whether the oncogenes are associated with novel forms of angiogenesis with the goal of providing information valuable in designing new, targeted therapeutics.

Erik Kline of Emory University will focus on the molecular steps that lead tumor cells to metastasize, with the goal of identifying subsets of lung cancer patients with a mutation that can be targeted for anti-metastatic drug therapies.

Sheila Stewart from Washington University in St Louis will investigate the relationship between mutations in cancer cells and non-mutational changes in the surrounding noncancerous cells, called the stroma. She will analyze how stroma contributes to tumor development and tumor progression. Unlike cancer
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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
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