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Susan G. Komen For The Cure(R) to Invest $60 Million in Research to Accelerate Breast Cancer Cures, Eliminate Disparities, Improve Diagnoses
Date:4/7/2009

ncer will continue," said Eric Winer, M.D., Komen's chief scientific advisor, director of the Breast Oncology Center and the Thompson Senior Investigator in Breast Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and professor of Medicine at Harvard University.

Komen began funding research its very first year, with a research grant in 1982 for $28,000. Thanks to the organization's signature Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure(R) Series, with 1.5 million runners and walkers participating annually worldwide and more than 250 corporate partners, the Komen research commitment has steadily grown.

In the last three years alone, Komen has invested nearly $237 million in breast cancer research.

Komen for the Cure established Promise Grants in 2008, at the same time launching a focus on research that has the best chance of delivering cures over the next decade.

The wide spectrum of research to be funded this year by Komen includes the following:

  • Investigations into treatment and outcome disparities (racial, ethnic) among groups of women
  • Improved diagnostics and screening (biomarkers, new imaging techniques)
  • New targeted therapy and methods of delivery (nanotechnology)
  • Better understanding of breast cancer types (triple negative breast cancer)
  • Drug resistance and metastasis

Specific projects in the grants slate address the following:

  • Breast cancer in African-American women
  • Establishing mammography guidelines for women 70 and older
  • How vitamin D may protect against breast cancer
  • Evaluation of low-dose molecular breast imaging as a screening tool
  • Early detection and prevention strategies for triple negative breast cancer
  • Combination therapies
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