New Investigator Studies Target Alzheimer's, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer
Madison, Wisconsin - Research into the health problems of Alzheimer's Disease, lung cancer and breast cancer will get a boost from three new grants made by the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP) of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health through its New Investigator Program.
The New Investigator Program grants fund promising new researchers and will provide two-year, $100,000 grants to support these projects:
- Dr. Mark Burkard, assistant professor of medicine in hematology and oncology, will study ways to improve treatment of "polyploidy" breast cancers - those in which cancer cells have extra chromosomes.
- Dr. Carey Gleason, assistant professor of medicine, will explore perceptions of Mild Cognitive Impairment among older African Americans, and evaluate how those perceptions influence willingness to be screened.
- Dr. Kevin Kozak, assistant professor of oncology, will use nanomedicine - a combination of multiple drugs - to combat the poor prognosis of lung-cancer patients.
Since 2004, the Wisconsin Partnership Program Education and Research Committee has awarded more than $64 million in grants for projects that improve the health and well-being of Wisconsin residents. In addition, the partnership's Oversight and Advisory Committee has given out an additional $32 million in community grants in Wisconsin.
Date Published: 01/10/2012