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 August 2010                                                                
Public Relations
 Cancer Research Awards: Apply Now!
   With $285,000 available in funding from the State Income Tax Chekoff Program, the Georgia Cancer Coalition is offering a new round of Cancer Research Awards. Applications focusing on cancer prevention research (excluding screening and treatment) as well as survivorship services (such as psychosocial interventions, physical therapy,  navigation services, palliative care) are encouraged. Individual awards range from $30,000 to $50,000 for one year.                 
    Scientists, clinicians, and trainees involved in cancer research in Georgia must work with a state non-profit organization or university to apply for funding. Cancer Research Awards encourage novel yet scientifically sound ideas that may advance progress toward detecting, treating or curing cancer. Priority is given to both new and seasoned investigators who use research results to develop and secure national peer-reviewed funding; proposals that link engineering to biomedical sciences; and innovative ideas of a translational nature.
      Cancer Research Awards were established during the 2000 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Submission deadline is Monday, September 27, 2010; awards should be announced  in November 2010.

        Click here for Request for Proposal.        

GCC Distinguished Cancer Scholar Named
Health Care Hero for Community Outreach
  Cancer Research Symposium poster 2008Sheryl Gabram-Mendola, a GCC Distinguished Cancer Scholar, was the "Community Outreach" winner in the 2010 Atlanta Business Chronicle Health Care Heroes Awards. She was honored for her work in reducing breast cancer mortality in minortiy women at the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady Memorial Hospital, where she serves as Director. Dr. Gabram is also the Deputy Director of the Georgia Cancer Center of Excellence at Grady; Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine; and a Breast Surgical Oncologist at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
Georgia Tech Appoints Ravi Bellamkonda
Associate Vice President for Research
 Cancer Research Symposium poster 2008   Ravi Bellamkonda, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Dintinguished Cancer Scholar, and professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named to a three-year appointment as an associate vice president within the Office of the Executive Vice President for Research (EVPR).  Dr. Bellamkonda directs the Neurological Biomaterials and Cancer Therapeutics Laboratory and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 training program in the Rational Design of Biomaterials. He also served as deputy director for research at the Georgia Tech & Emory Center for Regenerative Medicine (GTEC).  Click here for details.
Research Team Receives NIH Award                   A research team led by Ravi Bellamkonda has received an Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to design a new way to treat invasive brain tumors by capturing the migrating cells that spread the disease. Collaborators include Tobey MacDonald, also a GCC Distinguished Cancer Scholar, and director of the pediatric neuro-oncology program at the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and an associate professor of pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine; and Barun Brahma, a pediatric neurosurgeon at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The initial partnership between the researchers began with seed funding from the Georgia Cancer Coalition and Ian's Friends Foundation. 
 Click here for details.                                                     
Morehouse School of Medicine Receives DOD Grant for Breast Cancer Research  
Dr. ReddyE. Shyam P. Reddy, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar and professor and co-director of the Cancer Biology Program at Morehouse  School of Medicine has been awarded a grant from the Department of Defense Breast Camcer Research Program for his novel research into Breast Cancer Type 2 susceptibility protein (BRCA2), which helps suppress breast cancer. Click here for details.     
   Georgia Tech will receive more than $1.6 million per year from the National Science Foundation for the Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems (EBICS) Center to advance research into complex biological systems.   Three GCC Scholars will contribute to the Center's efforts: Yuhong Fan, assistant professor, Biology; Melissa Kemp and Manu Platt, assistant professors, Biomedical Engineering.  Research Horizons.    

    Melissa Kemp won the Council for Systems Biology in Boston (CSB2) Award in recognition of her work developing approaches to measure changes in a protein oxidation state and integrate ROS signaling with signaling by kinases and transcription factors. Dr. Kemp is an Assistant Professor in the Biomedical Engineering department at the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar. The award is sponsored by Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  For details click here.                            

Meet GCC's Distinguished Cancer Clinicians, Scientists & Cancer Research Awardees Online 
 Every Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar and Cancer Research awardee is profiled on the GCC website. You can find each according to his or her last name, university or hospital affiliation or year of award. The profile includes each person's  
  • Name, Title, University Affiliation
  • Website Link if available
  • Contact Information:Phone, Fax, Email
  • Educational Background
  • Research Interests
 To update your profile, email Amy Moore.   
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