Principal investigators named for international scholars in breast cancer research program


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Avon Foundation are pleased to announce the first eight Principal Investigators for their new Avon Foundation-AACR International Scholars in Breast Cancer Research Program a joint effort to promote the career development of promising research scientists working on breast cancer in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Latin America, sponsored by the Avon Foundation. These research leaders have achieved the prestigious designation of "Avon Foundation-AACR Scholar Hosts." Each host institution will provide a junior faculty member from a non-U.S. institution with a two-year research experience in the Investigator's laboratory.

The Scholar Hosts for 2004 are:

Christine B. Ambrosone, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Epidemiology
Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, N.Y.
Effect of Genetic and Lifestyle Factors on Response to Treatment for Breast Cancer

David M. Livingston, M.D.
Deputy Director, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center
Emil Frei Professor of Genetics and Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Department of Cancer Biology
Boston, Mass.
Functional Significance of the BRCA1/Xist Interaction: Reactivation of Silenced X-Linked Genes in Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Bonnie F. Sloane, Ph.D.
Director, Breast Cancer Center of Excellence
Professor and Chair
Department of Pharmacology
School of Medicine
Wayne State University
Detroit, Mich.
Validation of Proteases as Therapeutic Targets in Breast Cancer: Functional Imaging of Protease
Expression, Activity, and Inhibition

Ann D. Thor, M.D.
Lloyd E. Rader Professor and Chair, Department of Pathology
Thor Lab of the Breast Cancer Research Program of the OU Cancer Center
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Oklahoma City, Okla.
E2 Modulation of Tumorigenesis in erbB-2 Transgenic Mice

The Scholar Hosts for 2005 are:

Robert B. Dickson, Ph.D.
Professor of Oncology, Co-Director, Georgetown University Breast Cancer Program
Nina Hyde Center for Breast Cancer Research
Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University
Washington, D.C.
Molecular Determinants of the Onset and Progression of Breast Cancer

Margot M. Ip, Ph.D.
Professor and Member
Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, N.Y.
Prevention of Breast Cancer Progression with Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)

Regina M. Santella, Ph.D.
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
New York, N.Y.
Gene-Environment Interaction in Breast Cancer Etiology and Prognosis

Eric J. Stanbridge, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of California, Irvine College of Medicine
Irvine, Calif.
Gene Therapy for Breast Cancer: Targeting Hypoxic Cells

This program is open to Principal Investigators engaged in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiological, or prevention breast cancer research at NCI-designated cancer centers or cancer centers that are members of the Association of American Cancer Institutes.

These International Scholar Awards have been established to enhance the quality of cancer research and clinical breast care for women in countries where opportunities for specialized scientific training and advancement for physicians and scientists are limited, with special emphasis on such countries in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.

The objective of the program is to better equip the Scholars with the skills and knowledge needed to implement and/or continue a successful program of breast cancer research in their home country, ultimately leading to the improved care of cancer patients. The program will accomplish this objective by placing each Scholar under the mentorship of a top breast cancer scientist at a leading academic research institution within the United States where she/he will engage in an outstanding program of cancer research and experience unique professional development opportunities.

Principal Investigators chosen as Scholar Hosts will benefit from the unique contributions of a talented scientist to their research program, and will experience the personal and professional satisfaction of contributing to the development of a potential future leader in breast cancer research from an area of the world where opportunities for scientific training and advancement are limited.

Each host institution will receive an annual grant to support a salary for the Scholar; direct research expenses; institutional expenses, such as travel to and from the home country and other relevant expenses not directly related to research; and a stipend to cover award administration. Scholars will receive travel grants to support their attendance at two AACR Annual Meetings, and a complimentary AACR Active membership.

The Avon Foundation-AACR International Scholars in Breast Cancer Research is funded by a $2.8 million gift from the Avon Foundation to encourage and promote breast cancer research and education, particularly among young investigators in underserved countries. The gift is one element of the Avon Foundation-AACR Global Partnership in Breast Cancer Research and Education, which also is supporting the international component of the AACR Scientist?Survivor Program and the Avon Foundation-AACR International Scholar-in-Training Awards.

A Call for Applications from those junior faculty members who wish to apply for the program will be issued in May 2004. The deadline for applications is July 1, 2004. For more information, please visit the AACR website at

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