NNECOS Funds Two Research Projects!
NNECOS is pleased to announce the awarding of more than $23,000 in research funding for two important projects for our region!
DNA repair landscape in individuals with increased risk of breast cancer
Edress Othman, MD is a third year hematology/oncology fellow at the University of Vermont. Dr. Othman's project, DNA repair landscape in individuals with increased risk of breast cancer, centers around the hypothesis that the DNA repair landscape of an individual influences cancer risk. The aim of this study is to sequence the 5’and 3’UTRs, promoters, and exons of all DNA repair genes using DNA capture and massive parallel sequencing (also called next-generation sequencing technology) and employ computational genomics to identify putative single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Dr. Othman's co-authors include Marie Wood, MD and Yongli Ji, MD, PhD. Dr. Othman's project has been awarded funding of $8,310.
| Coagulation activation in brain neoplasms
|Brett Lee Gourley, MD, is a second year hematology/oncology fellow at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. Dr. Gourley's project, Coagulation activation in brain neoplasms, seeks to compare pre-treatment plasma peak thrombin generation (TG) in GBM and meningioma patients to that of age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects. Additionally, the study will compare pre-treatment levels of plasma biomarkers of coagulation activation (D-dimers, P-selectin, TF, TFPI) in patients with GBM and meningiomas and age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects as well as determine the immediate effect of tumor resection on plasma TG and biomarkers in patients with GBM and meningioma. Dr. Gourley's co-authors include Camilo E. Fadul, MD, Deborah L. Ornstein, MD, David W. Roberts, MD, (DHMC neurosurgery) , and the DHMC pathology clinical laboratory. Dr. Gourley's project has been awarded funding of up to $14,779 over a two-year period.
Check back for the 2013 Research Funding Application this summer!
Collaborative Research Funding Opportunity
2012 Award Amount Increased to $15,000!
Since the program’s inception in 2008, the NNECOS Research Funding Program has awarded more than $60,000 to worthy projects of value to the Northern New England region. This year, the society seeks to award one or more research grants to worthy proposals, up to a total of $15,000.
Eligible candidates will be a current NNECOS member in good standing. Projects should be in alignment with the society’s mission to assure access to high quality oncology care in our region. Fellows and others are strongly encouraged to apply. Awardees will be notified on or around December 31, 2012, be required to submit progress reports to NNECOS, and to present a final report of the research to the NNECOS annual meeting.
Completed applications must be received through online submission no later than 5:00 pm on November 15, 2012.
More than $60,000 has been awarded since the inception of this program. Past Projects Funded Include:
- Clinical Trial Barrier Study
- Exercise for Individuals with Stage IV Cancer
- Head and neck cancer trial involving response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy
- Pilot study of the use of cellular phones in long-distance cancer pain management
- Inhibition of stem cell pathways in a patient-derived GBM tumor model system.