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Stand Up To Cancer Funds High-risk/High-reward Cancer Research by 13 Young Scientists
Date:12/7/2009

ajat Rohatgi, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University: Endogenous Small Molecules that Regulate Signaling Pathways in Cancer Cells

Jose M. Silva, Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center: Genetic Approaches for Next Generation of Breast Cancer Tailored Therapies

Kimberly Stegmaier, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Modulating Transcription Factor Abnormalities in Pediatric Cancer

Muneesh Tewari, M.D., Ph.D., Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center: Noninvasive Molecular Profiling of Cancer via Tumor-derived Microparticles

Loren D. Walensky, M.D., Ph.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: A Transformative Technology to Capture and Drug New Cancer Targets

David M. Weinstock, M.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: Functional Oncogene Identification

Hang Yin, Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder: Probing EBV-LMP-1's Transmembrane Activation Domain with Synthetic Peptide

Distinctive Review and Selection Process

The grant selection process began in late 2008 with a call for Letters of Intent from young researchers in the early stages of their careers. The 45-member Innovative Research Grants Review Committee considered 412 eligible letters in an intense, multi-step evaluation process that began in May, 2009. Based on the initial review of each proposal by three committee members, the group was narrowed to 73 semi-finalists who were invited to submit full research proposals, which were then reviewed late this past summer. The list was narrowed again, to 19 finalists who made in-person presentations to the Grants Review Committee during an intensive two-day meeting in early October. From that group, the committee selected the 13 recipients.

The committee evaluated the submissions using these criteria: potential for high-risk/high-reward; innovation in method or approach; potential for significant translation to clinical
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