New Grant Funding Opportunities at the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center

The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center provides several grant funding opportunities to its members. The following outlines some of new mechanisms as well as those previously offered.

Large Center Seed Grant

This past fall, the MCW Cancer Center introduced a new funding opportunity, called the Large Center Seed Grant in Cancer Research. This mechanism is intended to draw together a consortium of investigators in a manner that facilitates translational cancer research. The ultimate goal of this research opportunity is to create a foundation of data that can be used to secure a Specialized Program of Research Excellence. The grant was recently awarded in the amount of $100,000 to Michael Dwinell, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biophysics for their project titled “Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targeting of Pancreatic Cancer Malignancy.”  The project is briefly described below:

Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targeting of Pancreatic Cancer Malignancy

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cancer killer in the United States with 42,470 new cases and 35,240 deaths from pancreatic cancer in 2009. Median survival from diagnosis is ~3 to 6 months with a 5-year survival rate near 5%. Pancreatic cancer is usually asymptomatic and often presents clinically as a locally advanced or metastatic disease at time of diagnosis. Poor patient prognosis and long-term survival is tightly linked with increased metastasis of pancreatic cancers. While multiple oncogenes have been identified in the neoplastic progression, the standard of care in pancreatic cancer is limited to nucleoside analogs and surgical resection. Tellingly, survival after surgical intervention remains poor and reflects the overtly invasive and metastatic nature of pancreatic cancers. The overarching goal of this pilot program project grant application is to improve patient survival by identifying novel therapeutic avenues that limit pancreatic tumor aggressiveness and ultimately improve surgical effectiveness.

Applications for the Large Center Grant Pilot Funding Opportunity are accepted on a revolving basis.  Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered for funding as scientifically appropriate and when funding sources are identified. For more information, please visit the MCW Cancer Center Website.

MCW Cancer Center Seed Grants - Special Initiative

The MCW Cancer Center is planning a call for applications for a new annual funding opportunity in September 2011, designed to fund new research initiatives open to all MCW Cancer Center members. This year applications are requested for novel cancer-related projects. Four one-year awards of $30,000 will be made.

Continuing Funding Opportunities

The MCW Cancer Center will continue to solicit applications for seed grants sponsored by the American Cancer Society, Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse for a Cure, Friends of MCW, and the Wisconsin State Tax Check-off Program for Breast and Prostate Cancer Research. The MCW Cancer Center is grateful to all its supporters in preventing and treating cancer. For more information on donating, please visit the MCW Cancer Center Website.