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N. California Researchers Testing Whether Marijuana Chemical Can Slow Cancer Growth, With Funding by Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)
Date:4/9/2009

, starting with Komen's first grant in 1982 for $28,000. A decade later, the annual total had grown to 21 grants worth $590,000 and 10 years after that, Komen distributed $21 million in research funds. This year, Komen is providing researchers worldwide with $60 million. In the last three years alone, Komen has invested nearly $237 million for breast cancer research.

In 2008, Komen created Promise Grants - a new category of multi-year, multi-million dollar grants designed to discover and deliver cures for breast cancer more quickly.

Here is a list of local institutions, the researchers and the projects Komen is funding this year, pending agreements:

University of California at San Francisco

*Celia Kaplan, $450,185, Breast Cancer Risk Reduction in Primary Care Clinics: A Bilingual Intervention for Women and Physicians

Stanford University School of Medicine

*Irene Wapnir, $600,000, From Bench to Bedside: Treatment of Breast Cancer Brain Metastasis with 131I and Radiosensitizers

*Roeland Nusse, $180,000, 'Wnt signaling in human breast cancer stem cells.

*Michael Clarke, $180,000, Functions of microRNAs in metastatic tumor initiating cells of human breast cancer

*Howard Chang, $180,000, Noncoding RNA, Polycomb and Breast Cancer Progression

California Pacific Medical Center

*Sean McAlister, $593,713, Inhibition of Breast Cancer Cell Aggressiveness by Cannabidiol

About Susan G. Komen for the Cure(R)

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for t
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