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Funds for Collaborative Breast Cancer Research in AL


Birmingham, AL — The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) has awarded its inaugural two-year collaborative breast cancer research award to Sara Cooper, PhD, a faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, and Donald Buchsbaum, PhD, the director of the division of radiation biology at the Wallace Tumor Institute at the University of Alabama – Birmingham. The award was created in 2016 to encourage collaborative breast cancer research in Alabama. Proposals were reviewed in the fall of 2016 and the winning proposal was announced at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Research Retreat.

Cooper and Buchsbaum’s project will characterize the effects of immunotherapy in breast cancer models and explore new drugs to improve immune system response. The project will use technology developed at HudsonAlpha to measure immune response both to immunotherapy alone and in combination with novel drugs. The goal is to improve immune response and provide resources to identify and validate new genes that contribute to patient response. The BCRFA has invested $50,000 in this project for 2017, the first of two annual installments of support totaling $100,000 for the winning proposal.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama is a nonprofit organization raising funding and awareness for breast cancer research in Alabama.

“Since the organization began in 1996, the BCRFA has invested almost $6 million to breast cancer research initiatives in Alabama. We are excited to award this new grant supporting collaborative breast cancer research,” stated Beth Bradner Davis, BCRFA executive director.

With this collaboration award, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama hopes to: encourage collaborative research among top researchers in Alabama in the field of breast cancer research; help support basic research which can be emerge into translational research; to offer financial support to promising breast cancer research in Alabama helping fund initial research so that the project can support future funding from national funders; and offer hope to those affected by breast cancer and ultimately save lives through breast cancer research.

The BCRFA will send out a request for proposals in June 2017, with a deadline for submission of August 31, 2017. For further details on this annual award, please call 205-996-5463 or email [email protected]

About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama supports a comprehensive approach to battling breast cancer through support of collaborative and innovative research to help diagnose, treat, prevent and eradicate the disease. Since its inception in 1996, the BCRFA has raised over $5.8 million to fund research at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and with their collaborative partners. All funds raised stay here in the state of Alabama, but the research will have a global, life-saving impact.

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