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Karmanos cancer investigators secure institutional research grants through American Cancer Society

Four Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute investigators have obtained American Cancer Society – Institutional Research Grant funds (ACS-IRG) of $30,000 each for one year to help fund their research.  The grants are provided annually to four researchers at Karmanos and Wayne State University School of Medicine (WSU SOM). Scientists submitted a total of 20 applications this year.

This year’s winners and their research project titles include:

  Aliccia Bollig-Fischer, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Oncology, at Karmanos and WSU SOM – “Characterization of 5-hydroxymethyl-cytosine in breast cancer”. 
  Lydia Choi, M.D., breast surgeon and assistant professor in the Department of Surgical Oncology at Karmanos and WSU SOM – “Ultrasound tomography for breast imaging”. 
  Nicholas Szerlip, M.D., assistant professor in Neurosurgery at Karmanos and WSU SOM – “Therapeutic implications of the SUR1/TRPM4 complex: and inducible mechanism of cell death in glioblastomas”. 
  Guojun Wu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Oncology and the Breast Cancer Biology Program at Karmanos and WSU SOM – “The role of PDGFRs in Foxq1 induced stem cell states and breast cancer metastasis”. 

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. 

We congratulate our researchers on their securing these grants!

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