Scientists at four Universities to share $480,000 in Research Grants

Published on February 6, 2014

Updated on September 6, 2018

Prevent Cancer Foundation Awards $80,000 Grants for Cancer Prevention Research.

February 6, 2014

Melissa Merson
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(Alexandria, Va.) – Scientists at four major universities have been awarded 2-year $80,000 grants to fund early research in cancer prevention, the Prevent Cancer Foundation announced today. The latest round of Prevent Cancer research grants went to scientists at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Illinois – Chicago, and the University of Pennsylvania.

“These talented minds are our hope for a cancer-free future and I am delighted that our grants and fellowships will support them as they continue their important work,” said Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “It is because of researchers like them that we have come so far in cancer prevention and early detection and it will be because of them that we will continue to make progress toward a cancer-free future.”

Each grant recipient will receive $40,000 per year for two years. The six cancer prevention research projects were selected from a nationwide pool of 64 applications. Proposals were reviewed by Prevent Cancer’s Scientific Review Panel before being approved for funding.

The recipients of the Prevent Cancer Foundation research grants are:

Awesome Games Done Quick Research Grant in Prostate Cancer:

Maarten Bosland, D.V.Sc., Ph.D,- University of Illinois – Chicago, Prevention of Hormone-Induced Prostate Cancer

Holden Family Research Grant in Breast Cancer Prevention:

Sonia de Assis, Ph.D., Georgetown University, Paternal Obesity and Reprogramming of Breast Cancer Risk in their Offspring.

Marcia and Frank Carlucci Charitable Foundation Award in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection:

Ying Fu, Ph.D., Georgetown University, Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Liver Cancer Prevention

Lilly USA Research Award in Cancer Prevention and Early Detection:

Ronan Kelly, M.D., M.B.A., Johns Hopkins University, Targeting the Hedgehog Pathway in Barrett’s Esophagus Using Itraconazole

Figdor Family Research Award in Cancer Prevention:

Ronac Mamtani, M.D., M.S.C.E., University of Pennsylvania, Impact of Metformin On the Risk of Prostate Cancer

Richard C. Devereaux Outstanding Investigator Award in Lung Cancer Prevention:

Kathryn Taylor, Ph.D., Georgetown University, Smoking Cessation in Lung Cancer Screening Participants: A Randomized Trial

More information about these grants is available on our website at

Since 1985, the Foundation has supported over 450 peer-reviewed grants and fellowships at more than 150 leading academic institutions and medical centers nationwide

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About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $134 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit


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