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Release: June 11, 2002
Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center announces ACS Seed Grant Award winners
The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa today announced
the researchers who will receive a total of $44,135 in seed grant awards from
the American Cancer Society (ACS).
The awards are made to junior faculty members and independent research scientists
to initiate their careers in cancer research and to provide them with funds
for the purpose of exploring new ideas related to the cause, prevention and
therapy of cancer.
Daniel J. Bonthius, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor with appointments
in the UI departments of pediatrics, neurology and anatomy and cell biology,
will receive a seed grant for his research on strategies of using viruses
to deliver cell death-inducing genes into neuroblastoma cells. Neuroblastoma
is a common form of childhood cancer and causes many childhood cancer deaths.
John M. Dagle, M.D., Ph.D., UI assistant professor of pediatrics, will use
his ACS seed grant to pursue his study of the role of Survivin in preventing
early embryonic apoptosis. This project will identify the molecules that help
determine cell fate during early vertebrate development.
Alicia M. Weissman, M.D., UI assistant professor of family medicine, will
use the ACS grant to develop an interactive breast examination model that
may enhance the skills of health care professionals conducting breast examinations.
A student stipend award was also made to an outstanding student to pursue
a research career in cancer. Beth Kutzbach, a UI medical student, earned the
award for her project called, "Identification of Factors Preventing Accrual
of Patients to Lymphoma Clinical Trials in the Holden Comprehensive Cancer
Center at UI Hospitals and Clinics." Brian K. Link, M.D., UI assistant
professor of internal medicine and director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer
Center Clinical Trials Core, serves as Kutzbach's mentor.
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.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics
and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services
they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.