Maine Cancer Foundation awards research grants to Jackson Laboratory scientists

Date: June 18, 2010
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Bar Harbor, Maine -- The Maine Cancer Foundation has awarded grants totaling $247,500 to three Jackson Laboratory cancer researchers studying leukemia, lymphoma and lung and brain cancers.

The MCF announced the new grants at its annual meeting on June 15. At that meeting, the MCF also presented its 2010 Carroll Award to The Jackson Laboratory, given each year for "extraordinary efforts to advance the path to a cancer-free future."

The individual grants are:

  • $90,000 to Associate Research Scientist Julie Wells, Ph.D., for "MicroRNA expression during lung tumor progression"

  • $90,000 to Assistant Professor Kyuson Yun, Ph.D., for "Notch signaling in medulloblastoma initiation and cancer stem cell maintenance "  

  • $67,500 to Assistant Professor Kevin Mills, Ph.D., for "Genetic chemotherapy: inducing leukemia and lymphoma cell self-destruction"  

The Maine Cancer Foundation, founded in 1976, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well being of Maine people. A grant-making organization, the Foundation meets the need for cancer research, education and patient support programs. One hundred percent of funds raised remain in Maine.

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution and National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center based in Bar Harbor, Maine, with a facility in Sacramento, Calif. Its mission is to discover the genetic basis for preventing, treating and curing human diseases, and to enable research and education for the global biomedical community. 

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