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Oct 29

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

"Oncogenic and Therapeutic Potential of Nuclear Receptors in Bladder Cancer"


Lev Becker, PhD

Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago

"Metabolically Activated Macrophages in Obesity-associated Breast Cancer"


Jason X. Cheng, MD, PhD

Department of Pathology, University of Chicago

"Chromatin Structure driven epigenetic therapy in myeloid neoplasms"


Bryan Dickinson, PhD

Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

"Proteases Reprogrammed Through Evolution as Novel Cancer Therapies"


Vassiliki Saloura, MD

Department of Medicine, University of Chicago

"The role of WHSC1-mediated Histone H1 Methylation in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck (SCCHN)"