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FWC Announces Winners of 2020 – 2021 Research Grants and Awards

Foundation News
Mar 29, 2021

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer (FWC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020-2021 FWC Research Grants and Awards. This year the FWC awarded a total of 11 new awards: seven general research grants, two Diversity Inclusion & Health Equity Grants, and two prizes in the amount of nearly $413,500. The FWC Research Grants and Awards program strives to accelerate the research of young investigators and promote the long-term success of the gynecologic oncology field.

The St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Caring Together Research Grant for Ovarian Cancer
Brooke Sanders, MD
University of Colorado, Denver
For their abstract: Overcoming PARP inhibitor resistance in ovarian cancer through p38 inhibition

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation and Judy’s Mission to End Ovarian Cancer Foundation Research Grant for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer
Sara Corvigno, MD, PhD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
For their abstract: Early detection of high-grade serous ovarian cancer via metabolic analysis of circulating platelets

Amy Krouse Rosenthal Foundation Research Grant for Early Detection of Ovarian Cancer
Xiaoyue (Mona) Guo, MD
University of Southern California
For their abstract: Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer utilizing epigenetic changes in cell-free DNA

The AstraZeneca and Merck Young Investigator Stimulus Research Award for Ovarian Cancer Research
Melissa Pham, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
For their abstract: Moving beyond BRCA1/2 mutations: Inducing antitumor immunity through PARP inhibition to potentiate immunotherapy in ovarian tumors with dysfunctional metabolic pathways

Wilma Williams Education and Clinical Research Award for Endometrial Cancer
Andrea Hagemann, MD, MSCI
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
For their abstract: Measuring the protective effect of GLP-1 agonists on the endometrium in premenopausal women with endometrial cancer

ME STRONG Cervical Cancer Research Grant
Shuk On Annie Leung, MD
McGill University Health Center
For their abstract: Development of an ultrasensitive point-of-care assay for the identification of high-grade cervical dysplasia using single-molecule protein detection

Bruce Patsner Research Grant for Innovative Research and Technology
Han Cun, MD
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
For their abstract: The use of imaging mass cytometry and spatial transcriptomics to evaluate the tumor immune microenvironment of BRCA-mutated ovarian tumors

Foundation for Women’s Cancer Diversity and Inclusion Health Equity Research Grant
Stephanie Rieder, MD, PhD
University of New Mexico
For their abstract: Critical decisions: Investigating decision-making among Latinx and American Indian gynecologic cancer patients at the time of clinical trial consideration

Foundation for Women’s Cancer Diversity and Inclusion Health Equity Research Grant
Evelyn Cantillo, MD, MPH
Weill Cornell Medical Center
For their abstract: Barriers to telemedicine utilization in gynecologic oncology outpatient clinic among Black and Latino women

Perlman Family CCARE Lynch Syndrome Research Prize
Ryan Kahn, MD
Weill Cornell Medical Center
For their abstract: ‘CascadeNet’: Developing an online site with telephone-based, cascade genetic testing counseling scripts for health-care providers

Nina Donnelley and The Dickens Fund of the Donnelley Foundation Young Investigator Award in Honor of Laurel W. Rice, MD
Rachel Soyoun Kim, MD
University of Toronto

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