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2016 IDP Foundation Research Innovation Challenge Award Recipients Announced

The Lurie Cancer Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 IDP / Sherman Fairchild Foundation Research Innovation Challenge Awards. Funded by a generous donation from the IDP Foundation, including a generous supplementary donation from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, these awards will support innovative, team-driven, cancer research projects that are translational in nature, cross-disciplinary, and collaborative in design and conduct. It is anticipated that these awards will support projects that could evolve to SPORE or PO1 applications and, in some cases, large multi-PI R01s.

The awardees are:


Chad Mirkin, PhD

Project 1: “Spherical nucleic acids as a platform for cancer therapeutics”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Chad Mirkin, PhD

CO-INVESTIGATORS
Bin Zhang, MD, PhD, Andrew Lee, MD, PhD, Alexander Stegh, PhD and Derek Wainwright, PhD



Paul Burridge, PhD

Project 2: “Validating individual differences in cytotoxicity to improve personalized chemotherapy treatment regimens”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Paul Burridge, PhD

CO-INVESTIGATOR
Erik Andersen, PhD



Irina Balyasnikova PhD

Project 3: “Developing a Non-Invasive Stem Cell-Based Approach to Treatment of Pediatric Brainstem Glioma”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Irina Balyasnikova PhD

CO-INVESTIGATOR
Rintaro Hashizume, MD, PhD



Teresa Woodruff, PhD

Project 4: “Mechanisms Targeting Cancer and Fertility – Toward Neoadjuvant Fertoprotective/Hormone Preservation Therapies”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Teresa Woodruff, PhD

CO-INVESTIGATORS
Kehinde Adekola, MD, Jessica Altman, MD, and So-Youn Kim, PhD



Jeffrey Sosman, MD

Project 5: “Translating Novel Therapeutics to the Treatment of Metastatic Melanoma”

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Jeffrey Sosman, MD

CO-INVESTIGATORS
Andrew Mazar, PhD, and Jaehyuk Choi, MD

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