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Release: June 27, 2001

UI researchers receive American Cancer Society seed grants

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The American Cancer Society (ACS) recently awarded a pair of $20,000 "seed" grants to researchers through the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.

The grant recipients include Brian K. Martin, Ph.D., assistant professor of microbiology in the UI College of Medicine, and Diane C. Slusarski, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological sciences in the UI College of Liberal Arts. Martin's research project is titled "Inhibition of oncogenic transformation by complement component C5a." Slusarski's study will examine "Mechanisms of Beta-catenin regulation." Both grants will provide funding to the researchers until April 30, 2002.

ACS seed grant awards are made to junior faculty members and independent research scientists through a grant to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center. The goal of this program is to help initiate careers in cancer research and to provide promising young investigators with funds for the purpose of exploring new ideas related to the causes, prevention and treatment of cancer.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.

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