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Leaders in Fight Against Cancer Join Historic Initiative to Address Critical Shortage of Clinical Investigators
Date:6/21/2011

cer Cures is critical to enabling those future breakthroughs."

Newest Clinical Investigator Award Winners Announced

The new funding from Accelerating Cancer Cures will increase the number of Clinical Investigator Awards up to 10 per year. Award selections are made by the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award Committee, comprised of leading cancer researchers nationwide. The five newest investigators were announced today.  Those scientists are:

  • Marie Bleakley, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle. Dr. Bleakley is working on new approaches to separate the graft versus leukemia (GVL) effect from graft versus host disease (GVHD) after bone marrow transplantation.
  • Ralph J. DeBerardinis, MD, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. Dr. DeBerardinis is working to understand the role of metabolism in tumor growth and use those findings to improve cancer treatment.
  • Joshua D. Schiffman, MD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Dr. Schiffman is working to understand the underlying molecular genetics of pediatric sarcoma.
  • Zsofia K. Stadler, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. Dr. Stadler is working to determine the genetic basis of sporadic cancers in young adults.
  • Jean Y. Tang, MD, PhD, Stanford University, Stanford. Dr. Tang is working to characterize mechanisms of drug resistance in treatment of skin cancer.

"Accelerating Cancer Cures is an opportunity to build a new generation of leaders in clinical cancer research that not only produce exceptional science, but can work with industry to bring new treatments to patients," said John J. Castellani, President and CEO, PhRMA. "At a time of tremendous financial challenge for industry and academia, this novel collaboration demonstrates industry-wide commitment to progress against cancer. It's a win-win for biomedicine, our
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