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Einstein-Montefiore scientists awarded 2 NCI 'Provocative Questions' grants
Date:9/20/2012

September 20, 2012 (BRONX, NY) Why does cancer arise in certain parts of the body and not others? How exactly does it spread? These are critical questions that cannot be answered clearly despite decades of cancer research. Answers to complex but central questions about cancer have long stymied efforts to "win the war" on the disease.

Two research teams at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center , the University Hospital for Einstein, have each been awarded grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as part of their "Provocative Questions" program. The innovative effort is designed to ignite investigations into 24 promising but neglected or unexplored areas of research. Answering the questions would dramatically enhance ongoing efforts to prevent, treat and cure the disease.

The Einstein-Montefiore grants two of only 57 given nationwide and only five in New York City, and totaling more than $3 million over the next five years are aimed at determining why cancer arises in certain tissues and how the disease spreads. Grant recipients are Steven Libutti, M.D. , Richard Kitsis, M.D. , John Condeelis, Ph.D. , Sumanta Goswami, Ph.D., and Maja Oktay, M.D., Ph.D.

Both research teams will leverage the shared resources and unique assets of the two institutions to tackle their research projects, tapping into the clinical opportunities at Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care and the advanced technical resources at
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Contact: Kim Newman
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718-430-3101
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
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