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

examining the rates of many metabolic processes simultaneously.  The goal of his research is to identify novel cancer-specific metabolic activities and define how they are genetically triggered.  Ultimately, he plans to explore new avenues to block these activities, thereby destroying cancerous cells.

Dr. Munger said, "Most funding agencies will not fund researchers whose proposals they deem 'too ambitious,' instead preferring 'safer' projects.   The Damon Runyon Foundation is unique in supporting the ambitious ideas of young researchers, and in this respect, they fund research that otherwise would likely not occur.  I am extremely grateful for the Foundation's support of my laboratory's research."

Raffaella Sordella, Ph.D.

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York

[Island Outreach Foundation Innovator of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award]

Defining new paradigms to understand drug resistance

New targeted therapies have been successful in treating certain cancers.  For example, for lung cancer, Iressa and Tarceva produce encouraging responses in Non Small Cell Lung Carcinomas (NSCLC) with specific gene mutations.  However, clinical data shows that the tumors inevitably develop drug resistance, which results in relapse within a few years.  Currently it is not well understood how canc
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