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Canary Foundation and American Cancer Society Award Five Postdoctoral Fellowships in Early Cancer Detection
Date:6/12/2008

SAN JOSE, Calif., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Canary Foundation, a nonprofit organization that funds research in early cancer detection, and the American Cancer Society announced the five recipients of its Canary Foundation and American Cancer Society Early Detection Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for 2008. Revealed during Canary Foundation's Early Detection Symposium in May, the program selected five awardees this year, the largest number of fellows sponsored since the program's inception in 2004. Each fellow is awarded $138,000 over three years to support research in the area of early cancer detection.

The fellowship program continues to be very successful. In addition to the five awardees, Canary Foundation and the American Cancer Society are currently supporting nine postdoctoral fellows at a number of institutions across the United States. These fellows have reported a number of collaborations leading to new and accelerated research progress and an impressive number of academic publications.
The 2008 recipients are:

-- David J. Gorin -- Harvard University

Dr. Gorin's research aims develop a new assay for the comparative

analysis of protease activities in diseased and healthy tissue samples

by simultaneously investigating the activity of proteases on thousand

of substrate peptides. Initial efforts will be devoted to samples from

patients with lung, ovarian, breast, and prostate cancers due to the

difficulties and importance associated with early diagnosis of these

diseases.

-- Christopher A. Maher -- University of Michigan Medical Center

Dr. Maher's project strives to discover novel noncoding RNA genes

(ncRNAs), including microRNAs (miRNAs) that could serve as biomarkers

for prostate cancer. Studies have demonstrated that miRNAs are involved

in the development of many types of cancers. The study also aims to

detect miRNA
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