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American Cancer Society Awards $4,211,000 in Research and Training Grants to 9 New York and New Jersey Researchers

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New York, NY—(December 28, 2012) – The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has awarded nine grants totaling $4,211,000 to researchers in New York and New Jersey. The grants are among 96 national research and training grants totaling $43,808,000 to 70 institutions nationwide in the second of two grants cycles for 2012. The grants go into effect January 1, 2013.

“Research is one of the many and most vital ways the American Cancer Society saves lives,” said Alvaro Carrascal, Senior Vice President of Cancer Control for the American Cancer Society’s New York and New Jersey Division. “The Society has long been at the forefront of the scientific battle against this disease. Our continued investment in research will not only help us continue to find better ways to prevent, find and treat cancer, but help us find ways to alleviate side effects during treatment and improve quality of life after treatment.”

For more than 65 years, the American Cancer Society has funded research and training of health professionals to investigate the causes, prevention, and early detection of cancer, as well as new treatments, cancer survivorship, and end of life support for patients and their families. Since its founding in 1946 in New York City, the American Cancer Society’s extramural research grants program has devoted more than $3.8 billion to cancer research and has funded 46 researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

With the support of the American Cancer Society, researchers like Dr. Andrea Lyman are focusing on ways to fight cancer in the population as a whole. Dr. Lyman of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene trains doctors to specialize in cancer prevention and control, rather than in cancer treatment. Dr. Lyman is heading a program in which resident physicians receive training on analyzing cancer statistics as well as planning and carrying out community-based interventions to promote cancer screening in population groups and foster healthy behaviors such as weight control, healthy diet, smoking cessation and exercise.

The American Cancer Society’s research and training program emphasizes investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals, and has supported groundbreaking research that has led to critical discoveries leading to a better understanding of cancer and cancer treatment. Grant applications are ranked on the basis of merit by one of several discipline-specific Peer Review Committees, each of which includes 12 to 25 scientific advisors or expert reviewers. The Council for Extramural Grants, a committee of senior scientists, recommends funding based on the relative merit of the applications, the amount of available funds, and the Society's objectives. No member of the American Cancer Society's Board of Directors or National Assembly may serve on a Peer Review Committee or as a voting member on the Council for Extramural Grants.

The Council for Extramural Grants also approved 88 research grant applications that could not be funded due to budgetary constraints. Nine of these applications were from researchers in New York and New Jersey. These “pay-if” grants represent work that passed the Society’s multi-disciplinary review process but go beyond the Society’s current funding resources, and which will be funded if additional monies become available. These grants serve as an important reminder that there continues to be promising research that cannot with current resources.

For more information about the American Cancer Society Research Program, please visit http://www.cancer.org/research.

New American Cancer Society Research and Training Grants

New Jersey

Princeton University
Ian B. Hogue, PhD $150,000
Mechanisms of Pseudorabies Virus Exit, Retention and Trans-Neuronal Spread

New York

Columbia University Medical Center
Shan Zha, MD, PhD $720,00
The Kinase vs Structure Function of ATM in DNA Repair and Tumor Suppression

Cornell University
Andrew Grimson, PhD $718,000
Identification of Sites & Mechanisms of Post-transcriptional Gene Regulation

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Hans-Guido Wendel, MD $720,000
Improving Treatment of Follicular Lymphoma

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Jamilia Sly, PhD $150,000
Training Latinos as Peer Patient Navigators for Colon Cancer Screening

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Andrea Lyman, MD $300,000
Physician Training Award in Cancer Prevention

Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
Geulah Y. Livshits, PhD $150,000
The Role of Chromatin Modifying Genes in Pancreatic Cancer

University of Rochester
Michelle C. Janelsins, PhD $583,000
Interventions for Chemotherapy-Related Cognitive Dysfunction

Luke J. Peppone, PhD $720,000
Management of Cancer-Treatment-Induced Bone Loss in Breast Cancer Patients

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

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