Breast Cancer Research Initiative

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Coalition’s 2014-2015 Breast Cancer Research Grant Initiative will be posted online by Monday, September 1, 2014.

Click here to view the history of grants awarded by the Coalition.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Holly Anderson, Helene R. McMurray PhD, Gokul M. Das PhD, Alison Currie and Patti Cataldi

Holly Anderson, Helene R. McMurray PhD, Gokul M. Das PhD, Alison Currie and Patti Cataldi

The Breast Cancer Coalition awarded two $50,000 breast cancer research grants. The Coalition’s local Research Initiative has given more than $480,000 to Upstate New York researchers since 2003. These grants, unusual for a nonprofit “grassroots” organization, focus on breast cancer cause, prevention, prevention of metastasis, and cure and are an integral part of the Coalition’s continuing efforts to eradicate breast cancer. The following recipients were selected via a competitive application and review process.

 Dr. McMurray giving details of her study.

Dr. McMurray giving details of her research.

Helene McMurray, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Genetics, University Rochester Medical Center (UR Medicine) and Mark D. Noble, PhD, Professor, Dept. Of Biomedical Genetics, UR Medicine received $50,000 as co-investigators of the “Selective targeting of breast cancer initiating cells to prevent metastasis and promote long term survival.” Doctors McMurray and Noble will test a strategy that appears to offer hope in controlling tumor growth and metastasis. Their work may provide a fast track to clinical trials of treatments with long lasting efficacy and better safety than current methods.

Dr. Das giving details of his research.

Dr. Das giving details of his research.

Gokul M. Das, PhD Associate Professor of Oncology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute will investigate the “Role of Estrogen Receptor Beta (ERβ) and Tumor Suppressor p53 Signaling in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Metastasis.” Recent data from Dr. Das’s laboratory on the function of ERβ in conjunction with a major tumor suppressor protein p53 may help lead the way to a better understanding of breast cancers expressing ERβ.

 

This is the Coalition’s 7th year of grand funding.

From 2003 to 2008 the Coalition awarded eight grants totaling more than $275,000. These grants, unusual for a not-for-profit “grassroots” organization, are a vital part of the Coalition’s continuing efforts to eradicate breast cancer.

More Information

For more information about future grant opportunities, please email Alison Currie, Research Initiative Administrator:  alison@bccr.org


 

You may view photos from our 2013 press conference for the 2013 Research Grant by visiting Ria Tafani’s website here.

You may view photos from our 2007 press conference for the 2007 Research Grant here.