Aug. 22, 2019

Winship Lung Cancer SPORE awards pilot grants

Four Winship investigators have been named the inaugural recipients of pilot grants funded by the Winship Lung Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE). Each pilot grant provides $50,000 per year to support projects focused on career enhancement or developmental research.

Led by Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD and Haian Fu, PhD, the five-year, $9.7 million Lung Cancer SPORE grant was issued in July 2019. It's the only grant of its kind to be awarded in the state of Georgia and one of only four SPORE grants in the U.S. dedicated to lung cancer.

This cycle's Career Enhancement Program pilot grant recipients are:

  • A rapid and genetically tractable whole animal model to identify novel vulnerabilities in lung cancer
    Melissa Gilbert-Ross, PhD
  • Identifying and Targeting the Immune-Dependent Vulnerabilities in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
    Xiulei Mo, PhD

This cycle's Developmental Research Program pilot grant recipients are:

  • Elucidating B cell responses in NSCLC with checkpoint inhibitor therapy
    Ignacio Sanz, MD
  • Targeting novel metabolic signaling factors in metastatic lung cancer
    Sumin Kang, PhD

The next call for Winship Lung Cancer SPORE pilot grants will be in January 2020.

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