JULY 20, 2021
Grants Awarded

Extramurally funded research grants awarded to Rogel Cancer Center members

Program Key:
CB - Cancer Biology; CG - Cancer Genetics; CHI - Cancer Hematopoiesis and Immunology; DT - Developmental Therapeutics; HBO - Health Behavior and Outcomes; CEP - Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention; TACR - Translational and Clinical Research
In the Spotlight
Laura Rozek, Ph.D., and Elena Martinez Stoffel, M.D., M.P.H., partnered with Kristen Purrington, Ph.D., of Wayne State University on "Aggressive Colorectal Cancer Subtypes and Social Disadvantage in a Racially Diverse Cohort."

This NCI R01 ($2.43M) identifies genomic and social factors associated with CRC pathogenesis in a well-characterized cohort of African American CRC cases. 
Christine Veenstra, M.D., was awarded an R37 ($2.26M) from the NCI entitled "A Registry-Based Study of Patterns of Use of Targeted Therapies for Metastatic Cancers in Diverse Populations."

This project investigates patterns of use of targeted therapy among a diverse sample of patients diagnosed with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer, genitourinary cancer, and melanoma. 
Weiping Zou, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded an R01 ($2.07M) from the NCI for "Regulatory T-cells in cancer therapy."

This project conducts comprehensive molecular, functional, translational, and clinical research on the nature of Tregs and their metabolic pathway in the cancer microenvironment.
$100K+ Extramural Grants Awarded in March
Other NIH

Kaushik Choudhuri, D.Phil.: $275K for “Biophysical Tuning of Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) Signaling for Safe and Effective T-cell Immunotherapy." (CHI)

Yun Jiang, Ph.D., M.S., R.N.: (R01) $1.6M for “Patient Engagement in Reporting Medication Events during Transitions of Care.” (CCPS) 
Sung Choi, M.D.: (K24) $570K for “Patient-Oriented Research and Mentoring in Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation” from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, allowing for protected time to act as a research mentor for early stage investigators conducting patient-oriented research. (CHI)

Other External Awards

Deepak Nagrath, Ph.D., and Daniel Wahl, M.D., Ph.D.: $540K from the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation for "Developing New Methods to Measure and Inhibit Purine Metabolism in Patients with Glioblastoma." (CB & DT)
Clifford Cho, M.D.: $225K from HistoSonics for “Comparison of Immunotherapeutic Impact: Histotripsy versus Stereotactic Radiotherapy.” The results of this investigation will provide the basis for future clinical trials that may reshape the role and impact of cancer immunotherapy. (CHI)
Indika Rajapakse, Ph.D.: $140K from iReprogram, LLC, for the project, “Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Production to End Graft-Versus-Host Disease.” (DT)
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