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American Cancer Society awards research grants to 116 investigators at 75 institutions nationwide
Date:10/14/2008

The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has awarded 116 national research and training grants totaling more than $54 million in the first of two grant cycles for 2009. The grants are the first under a new realignment that created six major program areas in research and training. All of the grants go into effect January 1, 2009.

"These grants reflect the best and brightest ideas in cancer research," said Elmer E. Huerta, M.D., M.P.H., national volunteer president of the American Cancer Society. "The American Cancer Society's Research and Training Program has invested over $3.3 billion in cancer research, much of it focusing on the work of promising new investigators, since its inception in 1946. During this time, we have funded 42 researchers, primarily early in their careers, who have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize. We fully expect that the ideas and innovations arising from these new grants will continue that legacy."

Below are some highlights of the newly awarded grants:

American Cancer Society Research Professors

  • Patrick Moore, MD, MPH and Yuan Chang, MD, University of Pittsburgh, will use powerful technology, some of which was invented in their joint laboratory, to search for newly identified viruses and related human tumors, including the aggressive skin cancer Merkel Cell Carcinoma, Karposi's Sarcoma, and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Viruses cause 10 to 15 percent of human cancers world-wide.

  • Wafik El-Deiry, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, will focus on improving colon cancer and liver cancer patient survival through a better understanding of drug resistance during therapy, hoping to identify a combination drug therapy that prevents cancer cells from becoming drug resistant.

Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry of Cancer

  • Kevin A. Fiala, PhD, Harvard University, w
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Contact: David Sampson
david.sampson@cancer.org
American Cancer Society
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