For Immediate Release: January 3, 2018
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AICR Awards Grants to Investigate Links between Modifiable Lifestyle Factors and Cancer Prevention and Survivorship

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) has awarded approximately $1.1 million in scientific research grants to seven innovative projects, all designed to better understand the relationship of diet, nutrition, physical activity, and weight to cancer prevention and survivorship. AICR's latest grant cycle of awards will fund new research, scheduled to start in 2018.

“Thanks to contributions from our committed donors, we are able to fund a range of topics and strengthen the science on cancer prevention and survivorship,” said CEO, Kelly Browning of American Institute for Cancer research. “The collective efforts of these researchers will help us make significant scientific advances in understanding how lifestyle factors impact cancer risk.”

Grant recipients were selected through a competitive application process overseen by an independent review panel of experts.

The diverse research topics focus on a variety of cancers in women and men, and identify a wide array of most common risk factors and their impact on prevention, survivorship, and recurrence.

“We are so excited about our new grantees because each of the studies holds promise for making a real difference in how to prevent and survive cancer,” said AICR’s Director of Research, Nigel Brockton, PhD.“It is our critical mission to fund scientists to explore and examine new areas of research in order to understand cancer risk better.”

Over three-decades, AICR-funded research has helped transform how the scientific and medical communities think about cancer. AICR has contributed more than $107 million in supporting a pipeline of studies conducted at universities, hospitals and research centers.

A list of new grantees follows.
Read more about the researchers and their grant descriptions here.

Michael De Lisio, Ph.D.
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine
The effects of obesity and exercise on radiation-induced leukemia

James Fleet, Ph.D.
Purdue University
Regulation of tumor cell evasion from immune surveillance by vitamin D

Jeanine Genkinger, Ph.D.
Columbia University
Weight Loss, Gain, and Cycling, Dietary and Lifestyle Patterns and Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D.
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Association between lifestyle factors and tumor angiogenesis in prostate cancer

Angela Murphy, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina
Sex-specific differences in obesity enhanced colorectal cancer

Connie Rogers, Ph.D.
The Pennsylvania State University
Mechanisms underlying the protective effect of exercise on primary mammary tumor growth and metastases: Role of metabolic and immune-mediated processes

Kathryn Wilson, Sc.D.
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
Coffee intake and advanced prostate cancer: studying risk and mechanisms

About AICR

Our Vision: We want to live in a world where no one develops a preventable cancer.

Our Mission: The American Institute for Cancer Research champions the latest and most authoritative scientific research from around the world on cancer prevention and survival through diet, weight and physical activity, so that we can help people make informed lifestyle choices to reduce their cancer risk.

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