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Jefferson researcher receives 2010 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Award
Date:4/13/2010

ings of his initial study, of which Dr. Brody was the senior author and Dr. Agnieszka Witkiewicz, assistant professor, Department of Pathology, Anatomy and Cell Biology, closely collaborated on, were first published as a Priority Report in the journal Cancer Research in June 2009; a follow up report is being presented at the American Surgical Association in Chicago this April. Dr. Witkiewicz's involvement and expertise has been critical for this work.

"While the need for scientific and medical breakthroughs in pancreatic cancer research is urgent, there is a major shortage of federal funding for research on this deadly disease," says Julie Fleshman, President and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. "Since 1999, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network has been working to help fill this critical void. In 2010, we will disburse nearly $2.3 million in funding for research grants. We are excited about this partnership with Dr. Brody and look forward to working with him as we make strides against pancreatic cancer ."

"By improving our understanding of drug metabolism and the molecular diversity that exists within the patient population, this study has important implications for the development of personalized medicine for pancreatic cancer," notes Ms. Fleshman. "The results have the potential to help us learn how to customize treatments for patients to improve outcomes and survival."

One of three Career Development Awards granted to junior faculty at academic and medical institutions this year, Dr. Brody's award is named for the philanthropist and Rydex Investments founder Skip Viragh, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2003.


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Contact: Ed Federico
ed.federico@jefferson.edu
Thomas Jefferson University
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