American Cancer Society awards new research and training grants

The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has approved funding for 110 grants totaling $47,624,000 to researchers and health professionals at 72 institutions nationwide in the first of two grant cycles for 2018. Of the grants, 101 are new while nine are renewals of previous grants. The grants go into effect July 1, 2018.

Two individuals have been awarded the prestigious five-year renewable American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship:

Owen A. O’Connor, M.D., Ph.D., Columbia University, New York. While there have been unprecedented improvements in the care of patients with some types of lymphoma, peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL) have yet to benefit from these advances. Dr. Connors’ lab has invented and/or developed two of the three drugs approved by the FDA that show promising results. The team now seeks to capitalize on this momentum, hoping to move PTCL to the forefront of translational cancer medicine.

Ronald M. Epstein, M.D., University of Rochester, New York, will continue his work on mindfulness in clinical care of patients, including using avatars–human-like figures on screen that can accurately respond to content and emotions and give real-time feedback to improve communication between patients and


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