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Karmanos awards American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants to cancer investigators

Five cancer researchers from the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute and Wayne State University (WSU) have received American Cancer Society – Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG) funds of $30,000 each for one year to help fund their research. The focus of their research ranges from preventing breast cancer recurrence to developing new 4D lung cancer imaging techniques to a study of acute graft versus host disease in stem cell transplantation.

The ACS-IRG grant funds are managed and administered by Karmanos Cancer Institute. Each year applications are solicited from junior researchers at both Karmanos and WSU. This year the grant committee received 14 applications and, following peer-review, selected the following five researchers to receive grants.

 

  Abhinav Deol, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Oncology, Karmanos and WSU-School of Medicine (SOM): “The role of B lymphocytes in human acute graft versus host disease in recipients of allogeneic stem cell transplantation” 
  Haipeng Liu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, WSU: “Preventing breast cancer recurrence with albumin-hitchhiking molecular vaccines” 
  Kristen Purrington, Ph.D., MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Oncology, Karmanos and WSU-SOM: “Histopathologic features of triple negative breast cancer in African American women: associations with gene expression and clinical outcomes” (Health Disparities Research Award) 
  Joseph Rakowski, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, Karmanos: “4D Lung Tomosynthesis Imaging” 
  Joshua Reineke, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, WSU-SOM: “Desmoplastic pancreatic cancer model for novel therapeutic screening and translation” 
ACS-IRG funds provide seed money to support junior faculty members with an interest in cancer research who do not have national grant support. Investigators must be an assistant professor or equivalent and must be within six years of their first independent faculty appointment to be eligible for the grant.
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