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Three Pioneering Ideas in Cancer Research Granted Prestigious Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Awards
Date:1/14/2010

New technologies offer opportunities to solve mysteries of cancer

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation announced that three novel approaches to fighting cancer have won 2010 Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Awards.  The prize of $450,000 is awarded each year to three projects by early-career cancer researchers that have the potential to have a major impact on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

The 2010 Damon Runyon–Rachleff Innovators are:

Heather R. Christofk, Ph.D.

University of California, Los Angeles, California

Unraveling an old mystery using new technology

Scientists have known since the 1920s that one distinguishing characteristic of cancer cells is their altered glucose metabolism: compared to normal cells, cancer cells have a "sweet tooth" and use much more glucose from the environment.  This discovery has yet to be exploited for therapeutic benefit.

Dr. Christofk's goal is to ide
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