Announcing the 2014 Young Investigator Awards
The Cancer Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2014 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 his or her progress at the end of 2015 as well as a final report in early 2017.
The CRF Young Investigators this year will be pursuing cancer research in a wide range of scientific fields. Dr. Lev Becker hopes to establish a direct relationship between obesity and breast cancer that could suggest new options for treatment, as well as prevention and prediction. Dr. Saloura is focused on head and neck cancer and Dr. Arora will look at potential targets in bladder cancer. Dr. Cheng is focused on chomatin structure as a way to target certain types of leukemia. Dr. Dickinson will attempt to direct the evolution of certain proteases to create cancer treatment opportunities. All will be involved in laboratory work but a number of these researchers will also have the opportunity to use their research to help the patients they see in clinic.
The Cancer Research Foundation 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 2014 Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator Award Grantees:
Vivek K. Arora, MD, PhD
Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis
Lev Becker, PhD
Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago
Jason X. Cheng, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology, University of Chicago
Bryan Dickinson, PhD
Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago
Vassiliki Saloura, MD
Department of Medicine, University of Chicago
The Cancer Research Foundation has focused attention on cancer and raised money for life-giving research. We...pay tribute to the scientists who have dedicated themselves to finding a cure and to meet the young researchers who are the next generation of fighters against this disease. The message we send today is that those who suffer from cancer are not alone and that together we can work toward a solution."Richard M. Daley
Mayor, City of Chicago
May 20, 1997