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