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Keystone Programs for Collaborative Discovery Launch at Fox Chase
Date:2/27/2008

  • The Keystone Program in Epigenetics and Progenitor Cells
    Goal: To investigate two new views of the origins and maintenance of tumor cells with the aim of creating novel approaches to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention

  • The Keystone Program in Blood Cell Development and Cancer
    Goal: To identify the genes essential for blood precursor cells to give rise to the many distinct blood cell types, a critical step towards understanding blood cell cancers and improving the treatment of patients with leukemias and lymphomas

  • The Keystone Program in Personalized Kidney Cancer Therapy
    Goal: To investigate the mechanisms of kidney cancer metastasis and to uncover the molecular signals that anticipate how a kidney tumor will respond to therapies in order to optimize therapy for individual patients

In recent years, federal agencies funding biomedical research have recognized the importance of multidisciplinary team-based strategies for solving important disease problems. Funding mechanisms intended to support this kind of research include the Program Project Grants (P01) sponsored by a number of the National Institutes of Health and the Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) supported by the National Cancer Institute, one of the NIH institutes.

In launching the Keystone Programs, Fox Chase Cancer Center is making a remarkable institutional commitment to promoting team-based research to accelerate discovery in cancer medicine, says Seiden. The scope of our investment in this program is unusual and may well be unique among academic research centers.

In confronting cancer, Fox Chase Cancer Center has two advantages over most other leading medical centers, according to Seiden, both of which will contribute to the success of the Keystone Programs. The first is its tight focus on only one major health problem. Unlike most medical centers, Fox Chase is dedicated solely to confronting the challenge of
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Contact: Franklin Hoke
franklin.hoke@fccc.edu
215-728-2700
Fox Chase Cancer Center
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