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Nov 05

The Cancer Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2012 Young Investigator Award winners.  This year's award winners will receive 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 2015.


The goal of the Young Investigator Awards is to enable promising scientists in the beginning of their careers to pursue independent hypotheses and to develop the preliminary data necessary to successfully compete for major research funding. This year's CRF Young Investigators are pursuing research in a number of different scientific fields, from investigating the use of "off label" drugs to treat cancer to working to reprogram the immune system, all hoping to find new ways to treat, prevent and cure cancer.




The Cancer Research Foundation 2012 Young Investigator Awards:

Jane Churpek, MD

Department of Medicine, University of Chicago

“Characterizing the Contribution of Mutations in Cancer Predisposition Genes to Therapy-related Myeloid Neoplasms”

David G. DeNardo, PhD

Department of Medicine/Immunology, Washington University in St Louis

“Targeting Cancer Stem Cells By Modulating Immune Responses”

James L. LaBelle, MD, PhD

Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago

“Defining the Mechanism and Therapeutic Targets of BIM BH3-Mediated Cell Death in Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma”

Hongtao Liu, MD, PhD

Department of Medicine, University of Chicago

“Prophylactic Donor Lymphocyte Infusion after T Cell Depleted Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant In High Risk Patients With Hematologic Malignancies”

Manish R. Sharma, MD

Department of Medicine, University of Chicago

“Disease Progression Models for Biomarkers and Patient-Reported Outcomes in Cancer Patients”

Fabrice Smieliauskas, PhD

Department of Health Studies, University of Chicago

"Off-Label Drug Use in Oncology: Policy, Unintended Consequences and Comparative Effectiveness"