Cancer Research Funding Awards

NIH/NCI Awards

Ann Nattinger, MD, MPH, who leads the Cancer Center's Population Sciences program, has received two new peer-reviewed awards to study social-economic status (SES) disparities and breast cancer. 

The first award is an NCI R01, "Mechanisms Underlying SES Disparities in Breast Cancer Mortality." Dr. Nattinger and Dr. Liliana Pezzin are the Principal Investigators on this award.



Other Peer-Review Awards

Dr. Nattinger is also the Principal Investigator on a new award from the National American Cancer Society, "Explaining SES in Breast Cancer Outcomes."

​Contact Anne Quimby Mathias and tell us about other newly awarded cancer research grants.  


Cancer Center Awards

One of the most important functions of the MCW Cancer Center is to provide and identify cancer research funding opportunities, particularly for those investigators who do not yet have significant NIH or other extra-mural funding. In 2012, the MCW Cancer Center distributed seed grant and travel awards to over two dozen cancer investigators.

In addition to providing direct funding dollars, the Cancer Center also distributed regular funding announcements, alerting members to cancer funding opportunities from the NIH and private foundations.

The Cancer Center congratulates all 2012 awardees. See Cancer Center funding awardees for past years here.


2012 Awards, Large Center Grant Pilot Funding for Cancer Research

These were awarded to faculty teams who are working toward future PPG- or SPORE-like applications related to cancer. Program Project Grants (PPG) support groups of investigators with differing areas of research expertise. These teams collaborate by pooling their talents and resources and work to achieve results not attainable by independent investigators. Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) promote collaborative, interdisciplinary translational cancer research involving both basic and clinical/applied scientists and projects. The teams awarded the 2012 Large Center Grant Pilot Funding for Cancer Research are:

I. Leukemia: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Pathogenesis and immunotherapy

Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Subramaniam Malarkannan, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Monica Thakar, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics


II. Mechanisms, Treatment and Prevention of Metastasis in Breast Cancer

Carol Williams, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Alan Bloom, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Christopher Chitambar, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine


2012 Awards, American Cancer Society Pilot Research Grants

The American Cancer Society (ACS) provides seed money to support independent, self-directed investigators early in their careers with the goal of enabling them to compete successfully for national grants. This funding is released to MCW and the Cancer Center then launched an internal process and call for applications. The 2012 ACS Pilot Research Grant awardees are:

Lauren Wiebe, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
ePRO Data for Patients Receiving Chemotherapy for GI Cancer

Qing Miao, PhD (Supplemental Award), Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Roles of Nogo-B and Nogo-B Receptor (NgBR) in Tumor Angiogenesis

Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Identifying shared transcriptional programs between leukemic and embryonic stem cells

Bin Ren, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor,Department of Medicine
Epigenetic Regulation of Endothelial Cell CD36 Transcription by Lysophosphatidic Acid and Angiogenesis in Breast Cancer in Diet-induced Obese Mice

Teresa Gross Kelly, MD (Supplemental Award), Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology
The Effectiveness of Advanced MR Imaging Techniques for Grading Pediatric Brain Tumors - A Comparative Outcomes Study


2012 Awards, Novel Cancer Research Project Seed Grants

These awards support new projects in any area of cancer or cancer-related research. Funding for Novel Research Project Grants is provided by Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin (AHW) Research and Education Program funds. The awardees for the 2012 Novel Cancer Research Project Seed Grants are:

Jay Tichelaar, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Role of CCR4 in Lung Tumor Immune Surveillance

Sam T. Hwang, MD, PhD, Professor, Chairman, Department of Dermatology
Novel Gallium Compound as Mono- and Combination Therapy for Treatment of Cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma

Andrey Sorokin, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine
Novel Regulation of Cox-2 Activity in Prostate Cancer

Brian Link, PhD, Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Using Zebrafish to Characterize Hippo Pathway Associated Genes in Cancer

Andrew Chan, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Stromal-derived Trophic Factors in Neuroblastoma

Lisa Ann Cirillo, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Misdirected Chromatin Remodeling as a Mechanism for Pax3FoxO1 Mediated Oncogenesis

Vera Tarakanova, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Introduction of Type I Interferon Responses by Irradiation: A New Tool for Cancer Therapy

Haris Vikis, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Prevention of Lung Cancer through Inhibition of Neutrophil Trafficking and Myeloperoxidase Activity


2012 Awards, Independent Research in Breast or Prostate Cancer 

These awards support innovative research projects in breast and prostate cancer.  The awardees for 2012:

Guan Chen, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Regulation of Breast Cancer Hormone Sensitivity

Neil Hogg, PhD, Assistant Dean, Professor, Department of Biophysics
Nitric Oxide: A Modulator of Bioenergetics in Breast Cancer

Jian Huang, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
ER-α36 is a Valuable Biomarker for Predicting Trastuzumab Resistance and a Novel Therapeutic Target in HER2-positive Breast Cancer

Liang Wang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology
Long Range Chromatin Interactions at Prostate Cancer Risk Loci


2012 Awards, Travel Grants

Through the generosity of the Friends of MCW, the Cancer Center offers MCW faculty members up to $1,000 for travel to a meeting or other activity, such as a poster presentation or workshop, that will enhance the faculty member’s ability to conduct cancer research. The following faculty members were awarded travel grants in 2012:

Dr. Guan Chen, Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
AACR Annual Meeting, “Regulation of breast cancer hormone sensitivity” 

Dr. Pengyuan Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
American Society for American Society for Human Genetics 2011 Annual Meeting,  “A General Statistical Approach to Somatic Mutation Discovery in Cancer Genome Sequence”

Dr. Yan Lu, Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
AACR Annual Meeting, “DrGaP: A powerful tool for identifying driver genes and pathways in cancer sequencing studies”

Dr. Qing Miao, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
AACR International Conference on Frontiers in Basic Cancer Research, “Roles of NgBR in promoting Ras translocation and Ras signaling in human breast cancer cells”

Dr. Li-Shu Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
AACR Annual Meeting, “Regression of rectal polyps in familial adenomatous polyposis patients by freeze-dried black raspberries is associated with the demethylation and reactivation of tumor suppressor genes”

Dr. Tracy Wang, Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery
Society of Surgical Oncology 65th Annual Cancer Symposium, “Effects of prophylactic central compartment neck dissection on serum thyroglobulin and recommendations for radioactive iodine adjuvant therapy in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer



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