American Cancer Society awards research grant to encourage junior faculty at WVU

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – A three-year, $120,000 American Cancer Society (ACS) grant will support four junior faculty members at West Virginia University to be selected in the spring. The pilot projects will involve population studies or laboratory based research.

“We are very pleased to receive this award from the American Cancer Society,” said Scot Remick, M.D., director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center at WVU.    “It will provide junior faculty an opportunity to seek competitive funding to support their cancer research.  It’s also a testament to the partnership between WVU and the American Cancer Society to support cancer research in West Virginia.”

“The new growth at the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center is exciting and adds hope to new research possibilities,” said Kevin Tephabock, regional executive director for the American Cancer Society in West Virginia.  “Not only will our grant help young researchers, but it will also provide a wonderful opportunity for WVU’s Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society to continue their support of cancer patients in West Virginia and beyond.”

WVU’s grant is one of 17 awarded nationwide by the ACS and is the only such grant awarded in West Virginia.

 The Cancer Center will accept applications this spring from junior faculty seeking funding. 

Two ongoing cancer research projects at WVU are being funded through previously awarded ACS grants.  Jun Liu, M.D., Ph.D., in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, is studying the molecular mechanism of cell movement and how that impacts blood vessel development needed for cancer to grow and spread.  Bing-Hua Jiang, Ph.D., in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology, is studying the mechanisms by which ovarian cancer develops.

For information on the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center see http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/mbrcc/.

For information on the American Cancer Society see http://www.cancer.org/.


For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
ss: 12-05-08

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