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2023 IDP Foundation Research Innovation Challenge Award Recipients Announced

The Lurie Cancer Center is pleased to announce IDP Research Innovation Challenge Award recipients for 2023.

Funded by a generous donation from the IDP Foundation (Innovation/Development/Progress), these awards will support highly 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, applying concepts and/or methodologies from diverse disciplines to significant problems in cancer biology or oncology, will support projects that are likely to lead to the submission of a multi-PI application to the NCI.

Congratulations to this year’s award recipients: 

“Mechanistically elucidating circadian disruption
in lung cancer”

Co-Principal Investigators:

Eichner Peek

Lillian Eichner, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Clara Peek, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and Medicine (Endocrinology)

“Selecting Antigen Specific T cells for Cancer Therapy
Using Mitochondrial Membrane Potential”

Co-Principal Investigators:

Pollack Chandel

Seth Pollack, MD
Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Navdeep Chandel, PhD
Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

“Ancestry and race in gynecologic cancers”

Co-Principal Investigators:

Simon Perera Kim Laimins Duncan

Melissa Simon, MD
Obstetrics and Gynecology (General Obstetrics and Gynecology)/Preventive Medicine and Medical Social Sciences

Minoli Perera, PharmD, PhD

Julie Kim, PhD
Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Science in Medicine)

Laimonis Laimins, PhD

Francesca Duncan, PhD
Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Science in Medicine)