January 26, 2017
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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation presents grant awards to nine scientists

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The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation presented Damon Rynyon-Rachleff Innovation Awards to nine scientists whose research focuses on novel approaches to fighting cancer.

The foundation awarded three grants — each worth $300,000 over 2 years — to early career scientists whose projects demonstrate the potential to significantly impact cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Those Benjamin L. Martin, PhD, and David Q. Matus, PhD, a collaborative team from Stony Brook University; Marcela V. Maus, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center; and Rushika M. Perera, PhD, of University of California, San Francisco.

The foundation also awarded “Stage 2” support to five scientists who received initial awards 2 years ago and subsequently demonstrated significant progress on their proposed research. Recipients are Nicholas T. Ingolia, PhD, of University of California, Berkeley; Christopher M. Jewell, PhD, of University of Maryland, College Park; Guillem Pratx, PhD, of Stanford University; Brian H. Shirts, MD, PhD, of University of Washington; and Elçin Ünal, PhD, of University of California, Berkeley.