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Foundation for Women’s Cancer recognizes 2019-2020 grant and award winners

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Anil K. Sood, MD

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019-2020 FWC Research Grants and Awards. This year the FWC awarded 15 research grants, research prizes and career development awards in the amount of nearly $350,000. The FWC Research Grants and Awards program strives to accelerate the research of young investigators and promote the long-term success of the gynecologic oncology field.

“Each year, the applications we receive for the Foundation’s research program continue to become more and more competitive said Anil K. Sood, MD, Chair of the FWC Research Grants and Awards Committee. “Unfortunately, this year brought an unexpected challenge in the form of COVID-19. While we all have been impacted by this, women are still being affected by gynecologic cancers, and the only way to make advances is through research.”

Dr. Sood remarked that it is important to remember that the FWC research program provides grants to individuals at institutions across the country, and that each institution will begin allowing research to continue or restart at their own pace, as dictated by their local governments and institutional administration.

“It is my hope that if there is any impediment to the following awardees in completing their research, that it will be brief and that all of the awardees are able to pursue their research in a timely but safe manner,” said Dr. Sood.

“We are grateful for the unwavering support of our benefactors who continue to fund promising research that could lead to treatment breakthroughs, and those who foster the careers of young investigators,” he added. “FWC has a proven track record of propelling the careers of cancer researchers—so additional funding will be critical to achieving our vision to eradicate gynecologic cancers.”

The 2019-2020 FWC Research Grants and Awards program recipients are:

Ovarinnovate: Ovarcome Research Excellence Award
Jessica Gillen, MD
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Characterization of ovarian cancer exosome associated PD-L1 and evaluation of exosome PD-L1 as a potential therapeutic biomarker

Zhen Ni Zhou, MD, PhD
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
IRE1?-XBP1 signaling as a regulator of resistance to immunotherapy in ovarian cancer

Laura Crandall Brown Foundation Ovarian Cancer Early Detection Research Grant
Stephanie Cham, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Sampling microneedle patch to detect circulating microRNAs in interstitial fluid for early detection of ovarian cancer (Research is temporarily on hold due to COVID-19.)

Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati Research Grant
Andrew Wilson, PhD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
NR4A1/TR3 inhibition in the ovarian tumor microenvironment

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation Early Detection Research Grant
Rebecca Porter, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Satellite repeat RNAs as novel biomarkers in HGSOC

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness Research Grant
Shaolin Ma, MD, PhD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Cloaking VEGF in EVs as a cause of adaptive resistance to anti-VEGF therapy

Endometrial Cancer Research Grant in Honor of Lynne Bovee Olson
Kyle Strickland, MD, PhD
Duke University
Are ESR1 gene mutations associated with increased risk of recurrence in copy number low endometrial adenocarcinomas?

Wilma Williams Education and Clinical Research Award for Endometrial Cancer
Gabrielle Hawkins, MD, MS
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Impact of race, obesity and the microbiome on endometrial cancer treatment

Myriad Genetics Ovarian Cancer Research Grant
Laura Holman, MD, MS
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Developing strategies to increase uptake of genetic services among rural women with ovarian cancer

ME STRONG Cervical Cancer Research Grant
Sarah Kim, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mutation and HPV tracking in cervical cancer patients using circulating cell-free DNA

Bruce Patsner Research Grant for Innovative Research and Technology
Kalpana Deepa Priya Dorayappan, PhD
The Ohio State University
Exosomal acute phase proteins as potential biomarkers for early detection of ovarian cancer

Caring Together, NY, Ovarian Cancer Research Gran
Sarah Paraghamian, MD
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Pre-clinical assessment of induced neural stem cells as innovative therapy for ovarian cancer

Perlman Family CCARE Lynch Syndrome Research Prize
Rachel Soyoun Kim, MD
University of British Columbia
Use of next-generation sequencing panel in diagnosis of Lynch syndrome

Foundation for Women’s Cancer/Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Prize
Shannon Westin, MD, MPH
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Nina Donnelley and The Dickens Fund of the Donnelley Foundation Young Investigator Award in Honor of Laurel W. Rice, MD
Shariska Petersen, MD
University of Kansas Medical Center