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January 22, 2015 | 3 minute read

AICR Awards Novel New Research Grants in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship

WASHINGTON, DC — The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has awarded approximately $2.9 million in scientific research grants to 17 innovative studies, all designed to better understand the relationship of diet, nutrients, and physical activity to cancer. The studies mark AICR’s latest grant cycle awards, with the research scheduled to start this year.

“We are really excited about this year’s grantees,” said AICR’s Vice President of Research Susan Higginbotham, RD, PhD. “Each and every one of the studies we are funding promises to contribute important insights into how we can prevent cancer and help survivors.”

The grant awards support projects ranging from basic science to applied clinical research to population studies. Investigations cover a wide variety of topics in cancer research, including, the epigenetic effects of broccoli, vitamin D’s role in cancer prevention and how diet and exercise can help survivors.

Over three-decades of AICR-funded research has helped transform how the scientific and medical community thinks about cancer. It is now widely accepted that about one-third of the most common cancers in the United States are preventable through a healthy diet, physical activity and staying lean.

A list of AICR’s new grantees follows. See The Researchers, the Studies for grant descriptions.

Leonard H Augenlicht, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva
Mechanism Establishing Dietary Induced Relative Risk for Intestinal Tumors

Rowan Chlebowski, MD, PhD
Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Women’s Interventional Nutrition Study (WINS) Long-term Survival Analysis

Steven K. Clinton, MD, PhD
The Ohio State University
Maximizing the Impact of Tomatoes for Prostate Cancer Prevention

Barbara Gower, PhD
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Targeted disruption of cancer cell metabolism and growth through modification of diet quality

Joanne F Dorgan PhD
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Prospective Study of Diet in Youth and Adult Breast Density

Jay H. Fowke PhD, MPH
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
A Prospective Analysis of Obesity and Progression from HGPIN to Prostate Cancer

Leena A. Hilakivi-Clarke, PhD
Georgetown University
Role of Genistein in Reversing Tamoxifen Resistance by Acting as HDAC and DNMT Inhibitor

Derek Huffman, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Walnuts as a Dietary Strategy to Break the Obesity-Colon Cancer Link
Supported with a matching grant from the California Walnut Commission.

Melinda L. Irwin, PhD
Yale University
A Mail- and Video-based Weight Loss Trial in Breast Cancer Survivors

Jennifer Ligibel, MD
Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Impact of Physical Activity on Tumor Gene Expression in Women with Newly Diagnosed Breast Cancer

Kirsten Ness, PhD
St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital
Impact of Resistance Training and Protein Supplementation on Lean Muscle Mass among Childhood Cancer Survivors

Rosemarie Schmandt, PhD
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Do-it-Yourself Chemoprevention: Can Exercise Increase Circulating Omentin Levels to Inhibit Ovarian Tumor Recurrence and Metastasis?

Stephanie Smith-Warner, PhD
Harvard University School of Public Health
Carbohydrate Quantity and Quality and Advanced Prostate Cancer Risk

Susan Steck, PhD, MPH, RD
South Carolina Research Foundation
Inflammatory Potential of Diet and Risk of Cancer Mortality in Women

Henry Thompson, PhD
Colorado State University
Diet Composition and Weight Loss: Effect on Long-term Prognosis in Breast Cancer Survivors

Trygve Tollefsbol, PhD, DO
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Epigenetics of early life exposure to cancer preventive cruciferous vegetables

Kana Wu, MD, MPH, PhD
Harvard University School of Public Health
Sugar Sweetened Beverages, Fructose and Sucrose, Genetic Susceptibility, Molecular Subtypes and Colorectal Cancer Survival

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