New Research Grants in NY and NJ this summer

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American Cancer Society announces twenty-one research and training grants

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New York, NY – (April 7, 2013) Twenty-one cancer researchers in New York and New Jersey have been awarded grants from the American Cancer Society. The grants are among 175 national research and training grants totaling $79,073,250 awarded for fiscal year 2013. The grants will fund investigators at 93 institutions across the United States and will go into effect July 1, 2013.

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, the American Cancer Society’s extramural research grants program has devoted more than $3.9 billion to cancer research and has funded 46 researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
Below are highlights of the new grants.

With the support of the American Cancer Society, researchers like Marina K. Holz, PhD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine are focusing on new discoveries to help achieve the Society’s mission to save lives and end suffering from cancer. Dr. Holtz is focusing her research on ways to improve treatment of the nearly 60% of all breast cancers that are estrogen receptor-positive. Current endocrine therapies, such as tamoxifen or aromatase inhibitors, are effective treatments for only about half of these cancers. Dr. Holz is studying how a cell-growth regulator, mTOR, can be combined with endocrine therapies to create more broadly effective treatments for this most common breast cancer.

Robert Gramling, MD, DSc, of the University of Rochester is directing his research at two key missions of the American Cancer Society – to advance the science of palliative care and to ameliorate health disparities. Dr. Gramling is exploring how health care providers communicate with patients and family about prognosis in advanced cancer and how racial and ethnic culture affects communication. Effective communication is essential for crafting individual treatment plans that honor patient preferences and goals in their cultural context.

Denalee O'Malley, MSW, of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, seeks to develop best clinical practices and educational strategies for clinicians to employ in meeting the needs of the growing population of cancer survivors. In her American Cancer Society-sponsored dissertation study, “Enhancing Survivorship Care: A Focus on the Patient Centered Medical Home,” she will explore the role of social workers in providing coordinated care with a whole-person orientation in the newly envisioned primary care medical home.

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.

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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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