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Nov 04

The Cancer Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 Young Investigator Award winners.  The $75,000 Young Investigator Award grant is intended to fund work that will be completed over the next two years.  Each of these scientists will present an interim report on their progress at the end of 2014 as well as a final report in early 2016.

The CRF Young Investigator Awards were established to support promising young researchers in their pursuit of independent hypotheses and their own preliminary data sets.  Our hope is that the work supported by a Young Investigator Award will lead to larger projects and will allow supported researchers to compete successfully for much larger grants supplied by the federal government and other mainstream sources.

The work that is being pursued by the 2013 Young Investigators focuses on many facets of cancer science, from looking at how some cancers become resistant to therapy from how other cancers thwart the body’s own defense mechanisms.

 The 2013 Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator Award Grantees: 

Seungmin Hwang, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology - University of Chicago

"The Role of Autophagy Pathway in the Development and Function of Tumor Associated Macrophages”

Christopher A. Maher, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine,  Assistant Director, The Genome Institute              Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

“Defining the mechanism and therapeutic targets of lncRNAs in castration resistant prostate cancer”

Megan McNerney, MD, PhD          

Instructor, Department of Pathology - University of Chicago

“In Vivo Characterization of a Tumor Suppressor Gene Associated with High-Risk Myeloid Neoplasms”

David Vanderweele, MD                

Instructor, Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology - University of Chicago

“The Molecular Characterization of Ductal Adenocarcinoma of the Prostate”