2012 Cancer Research Foundation Fletcher Scholars Announced
The Cancer Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 Fletcher Scholars Award. This year, having received so many compelling applications, the CRF Board decided that for this year only it would grant the Fletcher Scholars Award to two scientists: Dr. Ernst Lengel and Dr. Kenan Onel.
Dr. Lengyel is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Chicago and focuses his work on ovarian cancer. The project he will pursue with his grant is titled "Characterization of the Bi-directional Cross Talk Between Cancer Cells and Carcinoma-associated Fibroblasts" and seeks to shed light on why and how ovarian cancer cells often metaticize in the abdominal cavity so successfully. Learn more about this project.
Dr. Onel is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Chicago and focuses primarily on childhood leukemias. His project "exploiting Darwin to overcome Drug Resistance in Leukemia" is focused on explaining why some patients respond to durgs while others are resistent to drugs, even when they have the same type of cancer. Learn more about this project.
The Fletcher Scholars Award was established in 1988 through a endowed memorial gift made by Eugene and Dorothy Fletcher. Thier bequest stipulated that the income from their gift should be used to support laboaratory research in cancer science. The Cancer Research Foundation grants the Fletcher Scholars Award every other year to a more senior scientist who is pursuing work with has the possibility of creating a significant impact in cancer research. Learn more about the Fletcher Scholars Award.
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