Wistar Wire: Funding

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At a recent ceremony, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Michael Wolf presented nearly $1.5 million in grants to Wistar researchers in order to launch cancer research projects ranging from improving melanoma therapy to the changing the way we understand human genetics.
Awards, Funding
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Amanpreet Kaur, a student in the Cancer Biology Ph.D. program, a joint venture between Wistar and University of the Sciences, was recently awarded at $10,000 grant by the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. Kaur, who studies in the laboratory of her mentor, Wistar Assistant Professor Ashani Weeraratna, Ph.D., will use the money to further her work on protein receptors that play an important role in melanoma progression and therapy resistance.
Events, Funding, Melanoma
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Giving is in fashion. Building on their ongoing commitment to breast cancer research, QVC, Inc., and the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) recently announced a $140,000 grant to fund breast cancer research at The Wistar Institute. The grant will support study of an aggressive form of the disease, called “triple negative” breast cancer, in the lab of Dario C. Altieri, M.D., director of Wistar’s Cancer Center.
Cancer, Funding
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As we file our state taxes, our Pennsylvania friends and neighbors are contributing directly to cancer research through the PA Breast Cancer Coalition’s Refunds for Research program. This week, the PBCC announced that Wistar’s Ramin Shiekhattar, Ph.D., will receive a $50,000 grant to track down the molecular pathways that allow mutations in BRCA1, BRCA2, and PALB2 genes to drive breast and ovarian cancer.
Cancer, Funding