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Nov 20

The Cancer Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2011 Young Investigator Award winners.  This year's award winners will recieve a $75,000 grant to fund work that will be completed in the next two years,  with final reports on the projects due in the early spring of 2014. This year's Young Investigators have proposed a number of compelling and very promising study in cancer research, investigating a wide range of subjects, from the role of proteins in the structure of skin cancer stem cells to how the out-of-pocket costs of having head and neck cancer could change the treatment an oncologist advises and whether a patient follows that advice.

The 2011 Young Investigator Award grantees are:

Jonas de Sousa, MD

Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology

University of Chicago

“Measuring the Financial Burden of Curable Head and Neck Cancer”


Brandon L. Pierce, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Studies

University of Chicago

“Improving GWAS-based Discovery for Early-onset Breast Cancer"


Navin Pinto, MD

Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology/Oncology

University of Chicago

“Population-specific Genetic Variants Important in Susceptibility in Cyclophosphamide in Pediatric Patients”


Steffen Sammet, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology

University of Chicago

“High Intensity Focused Ultrasound Ablation of Prostate Tissue in vivo with Magnetic Resonance Imaging Guidance”


Russell Szmulewitz, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology

University of Chicago

“Does glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling compensate for androgen receptor (AR) function in castration resistant prostate cancer (CRPC)?”


Xiaoyang Wu, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ben May Department for Cancer Research

University of Chicago

“Coordinated Cytoskeletal Dynamics in Skin Stem Cells and Skin Cancer”