2015  RESEARCH GRANT AWARD SUMMARY

2015 marked our nineteenth year of fund raising in the Houston area. We awarded ten cancer research grants with a total funding of $707,300 (including matching funds).

In March 2016 we held our annual Beneficiary Luncheon and presented awards to researchers from five local institutions.

The ten research projects, listed by title and organization, address a variety of cancers:pancreatic, liver, ovarian, retinoblastoma, glioblastoma, osteosarcoma, breast, and prostate as well as approaches to immunotherapy.

2015 GAC RESEARCH RECIPIENTS

(Awarded at luncheon March 4, 2016)

Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation

  Lead Researcher: Yicheng (Helen) Wang, Ph.D. 

  Lead Researcher: John Cooke, M.D., Ph.D., Ivone Bruno, M.D., Ph.D.

Texas Children’s Hospital

  Lead Researcher: Richard L. Hurwitz, M.D.

  Lead Researcher: Xiao-Nan Li, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Houston

  Lead Researcher: Daniel E. Frigo, Ph.D.

  Lead Researcher: Chin-Yo Lin, Ph.D.

Baylor College of Medicine

  Lead Researcher: Matthew Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Lead Researchers:  Douglas Harrison, M.D., Cindy L Schwartz, M.D., MPh

  Lead Researcher: Robert C. Bast, Jr., M.D.

Prostate Cancer Foundation

  Lead Researcher:  Dr. Michael Ittmann, M.D.

2014  RESEARCH GRANT AWARD SUMMARY

2014 marked our eighteenth year of fund raising in the Houston area. We awarded twelve cancer research grants with a total funding of $565,000 (including matching funds).

In February 2015 we held our annual Beneficiary Luncheon and presented awards to researchers from five local institutions.

The twelve research projects, listed by title and organization, address a variety of cancers:  pancreatic, liver, ovarian, esophageal, retinoblastoma, glioblastoma, osteosarcoma, neuroblastoma, breast, and prostate.

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)

MD Anderson (MDA)

  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) vs Esophagectomy for Early to Intermediate State Esophageal Cancer
  • Targeting the JNK Pathway for Controlling Metastasis in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
  • Early Detection of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

Prostate Cancer Foundation

  • Funds provided to The Methodist Hospital Michael Ittman Laboratory focused on the molecular genetics of human prostate cancer and the pathobiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Texas Childrens Hospital

The Methodist Hospital (TMH)

  • Immunotherapy for Glioblastoma Multiforme by Targeting PHF20
  • SUMOylation of Kruppel-Like Factor-4 and the Inhibition of Cholangiocarcinoma Pathogenesis
  • Cellular Immunotherapy for Metastatic Neuroblastoma

University of Houston

 

2013 Research Grant Award Summary

gac beneficiary luncheon pic 20132013 marked our seventeenth year of fund raising in the Houston area. We awarded eleven cancer research grants with a total funding of $622,000 (including matching funds).

In February 2014 we held our annual Beneficiary Luncheon and presented awards to researchers from five local institutions.

The eleven research projects, listed by title and organization, address a variety of cancers:  pancreatic, bone, ovarian, esophageal, retinoblastoma, breast, prostate and leukemia (AML).

Baylor College of Medicine (BCM)

  • Non-Invasive Radio Wave Heating to Kill Pancreatic and Liver Cancers
  • Genetics and Treatment of Primary Cancers of the Skeleton

MD Anderson (MDA)

  • Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) vs Esophagectomy for Early to Intermediate State Esophageal Cancer
  • Enhancing Immune Response Against Ovarian Cancer Using MicroRNAs
  • Early Detection of Epithelial Ovarian Cancer

Prostate Cancer Foundation

  • Funds provided to The Methodist Hospital Michael Ittman Laboratory focused on the molecular genetics of human prostate cancer and the pathobiology of benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Texas Childrens Hospital

  • Gene Therapy for Retinoblastoma

The Methodist Hospital (TMH)

  • Testing Gain of Function Mutations in Metaplastic Breast Carcinomas and the Relationship to Disease Free Survival
  • Mapping Peptidomic Signatures in Acute Myelogenous Leukemia
  • Eliminating Leukemia Cells Inside the Bone Marrow for the Treatment of Acute Myelogenous Leukemia

University of Houston

  • Validation of a Next-Generation Inhibitor of Autophagy for the Treatment of Aggressive Prostate Cancer