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The Prevent Cancer Foundation is proud to announce its research grantees for spring 2011. The three researchers, who were selected from a pool of over 50 applications nationwide, hail from Washington, DC, Houston, TX, and Chicago, IL. The projects will expand the body of knowledge on prevention and early detection for breast, lung and ovarian cancer.

Dr. Suzanne O’Neill

This year’s Holden Family Grant in Breast Cancer was given to Dr. Suzanne O’Neill, assistant professor at Georgetown University’s Department of Oncology. Dr. O’Neill’s project, entitled “Making informed breast cancer primary prevention decisions,” will use a mixed-methods approach to assess cognitive, emotional and attitudinal variables related to breast cancer risk, with a focus on breast density and management approaches.

Dr. Bo Peng

The recipient of the Richard C. Devereaux Outstanding Young Investigator Award in Lung Cancer Prevention was Dr. Bo Peng, instructor in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Peng’s project, entitled “Utility of individual genetic profile in the prevention of lung cancer,” aims to investigate whether it is cost-effective to use individual genetic profiles for the prevention of lung cancer.

This year’s Figdor Family Research Grant was given to Dr. Iris Romero, assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Chicago. Dr. Romero’s project, entitled “Targeting insulin and lipid metabolism for ovarian cancer prevention,” will build on her preliminary studies of ovarian cancer and Metformin, a commonly used treatment for type-2 diabetes, by clarifying the cancer prevention effect of Metformin in groups at high risk for ovarian cancer.

Dr. Iris Romero

“These three projects are on the cutting edge of cancer prevention research,” says Carolyn Aldigé, president and founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation. “They represent the future of cancer prevention—more personalized treatments that can identify those most at risk, tailored treatment plans and other measures—that may ultimately lead to more lives saved.”

Click here for more information about the Foundation’s research grant and fellowship program.