Navigation Links
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards $2.25M to 5 top young clinical investigators
Date:6/20/2008

New York, NY -- The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation named 5 new Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators at its May 2008 Clinical Investigator Award Committee review. The recipients of this prestigious, three-year award are outstanding early career physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research at major research centers under the mentorship of the nation's leading scientists and clinicians. Each will receive $450,000 to support the development of his or her cancer research program. The Clinical Investigator Award program is specifically intended to help address the worrisome shortage of physicians capable of translating scientific discovery into new breakthroughs for cancer patients. In partnerships with founding sponsor Eli Lilly and Company, and with Siemens Medical Solutions, Novartis and Genentech, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has committed more than $30 million to support the careers of 44 physician-scientists across the United States since 2000.

2008 Clinical Investigator Awardees

  • Ronald J. Buckanovich, MD, PhD

    By combining tumor cells and embryonic stem cells, Dr. Buckanovich has developed a new animal model of ovarian cancer that develops abundant tumor blood vessels, or vasculature. He is using this model to first characterize molecular markers of tumor vasculature, and then therapeutically target them with antibodies coupled to toxic nanoparticles. He also seeks to identify and characterize a population of cells, cancer stem cells, which play a critical role in tumor establishment and growth. These discoveries could lead to highly effective targeted therapies. Dr. Buckanovich works under the mentorship of Daniel F. Hayes, MD, and Max S. Wicha, MD, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

  • Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH

    Dr. Chan is developing molecular "smart" probes and novel imaging techniques for earlier and improved detection of colorectal cancer. He will soon be testing this promising technology in clinical trials. In addition, this work has the potential to accelerate the discovery and development process for therapeutic and chemopreventative agents in colorectal cancer. Dr. Chan works under the mentorship of Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH, and Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD, at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Rachael A. Clark, MD, PhD

    Dr. Clark is investigating the role of the immune system in controlling squamous cell carcinomas of the skin. She has identified new mechanisms by which these skin tumors evade the immune system: disruption of T cell homing and recruitment of regulatory T cells. Her studies focus on developing new therapies for effective treatment of these cancers. Dr. Clark works under the mentorship of Thomas S. Kupper, MD, at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

  • Vassiliki Karantza-Wadsworth, MD, PhD

    Autophagy is a process of "cellular self-digestion" that is used by both normal cells and tumor cells as a survival mechanism in times of metabolic stress, such as nutrient and oxygen deprivation. Dr. Karantza-Wadsworth is examining the role of autophagy in tumor cell survival and responsiveness to chemotherapy. She is performing preclinical and clinical studies modulating autophagy in breast cancer, which could lead to improved patient response to treatment. Dr. Karantza-Wadsworth works under the mentorship of Eric H. Rubin, MD, at UMDNJ/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

  • Elahe A. Mostaghel, MD, PhD

    Suppression of the hormone testosterone is currently the most effective treatment for advanced prostate cancer; however, tumors frequently develop resistance to this therapy. Dr. Mostaghel is defining key mechanisms underlying this resistance to hormone treatment. Her goal is to develop novel treatments for prostate cancer that can be rapidly moved into the clinic. Dr. Karantza-Wadsworth works under the mentorship of Peter S. Nelson, MD, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington.


'/>"/>

Contact: Yung S. Lie, PhD
yung.lie@damonrunyon.org
212-455-0520
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards prestigious fellowships to 14 top young investigators
2. Damons Grill Completes Move to Trans Fat-Free Menu
3. CT Screens for Lung Cancer Not a Cure-All
4. Pro Baseball Helps Keep Skin Cancer From Scoring
5. Quest Diagnostics to Provide Diagnostic Testing Services for the Women of Ireland through Irelands First Nationwide Cervical-Cancer Screening Program
6. American Academy of Dermatology, Major League Baseball and Major League Baseball Players Association Play Sun Smart(TM) to Strike Out Skin Cancer
7. Lack of CHFR gene expression sets stage for breast cancer
8. 10th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer -- Barcelona, Spain
9. Vitamin D May Promote Colon Cancer Survival
10. Study links vitamin D to colon cancer survival
11. Cancer Drug Gleevec Linked to Muscle Damage
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... , ... "I have gout, and I wanted to treat it naturally," said ... to relieve gout and pain caused by varicose veins. I drank it every morning ... relieved what VA doctors called the worst sinusitis case they'd seen and relieved gas, ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... The Holy Name Medical Center ... NY, on December 3rd, to benefit Holy Name Medical Center's programs and services. ... raised over $1 million - the largest event in the Center's history, both ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society (UHMS), the leading authority in hyperbaric ... patient safety. Only a few hospitals and facilities have earned this distinction. This ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... ... Therapy Management (MTM), adherence, and other pharmacist-delivered patient care services, has announced the ... and Eric Hoessel to vice president of sales. , Litsinger joined Mirixa ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... SunView Software aims to redefine IT ... both engaging and easy to use. Coming off the heels of a successful ... its plans to roll out new AI-powered self-service enhancements to help organizations implement ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/9/2016)... 9, 2016 Research and Markets has ... report to their offering. ... The report forecasts the global optical transceiver market ... The report covers the present scenario and the ... calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... aTyr Pharma, Inc. (Nasdaq: LIFE ), a biotherapeutics company ... severe, rare diseases, today announced that senior management will participate in ... Conference at the InterContinental Barclay Hotel in New York ... ET. About aTyr Pharma ... aTyr Pharma is engaged in the ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... Bermuda , Dec. 9, 2016  Axovant ... leading clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the treatment ... the data from a Phase 2b trial evaluating ... care donepezil, compared with donepezil plus placebo in ... that the addition of intepirdine to treatment was ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: