New, Promising Research Projects

Many donations to Roswell Park provide seed funding for new, groundbreaking research projects. These gifts allow world-class scientists at Roswell Park to take their cutting-edge ideas and make them into realities.

Every year, your donations allow an average of 15 research projects to be funded. Below, hear from the researchers who received the four most recent grants explain what their projects will explore and how they will contribute to the fight against cancer. 

Hear from the Researchers

“Over the last 20 years, the incidence of lymphoma has been steadily increasing. Many patients become resistant to chemotherapy, and so more and more patients are losing their battle with this disease. We hope to change that. Our project will investigate a promising idea that a drug used in the treatment of diabetes could help patients who aren’t responding to chemotherapy. This initiative, funded by your donations, could lead to the development of new therapies to better treat lymphoma and help save patients' lives." 
-Dr. Francisco J. Hernandez-Ilizaliturri 



 “African American women are more frequently diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer that does not respond well to treatment,    and they a re dying from the disease at higher rates than non-African American women. Thanks to your donations, we will be able to study differences in DNA that may be causing African American women to have this more aggressive form of the disease. This initiative, made possible because of Roswell Park supporters like you, could lead to the prevention of aggressive breast cancer and to new, targeted therapies to help save the lives of African American breast cancer patients.”
-Dr. Christine Ambrosone 

“Stomach cancer is frequently not found until it is at an advanced stage, and sadly, many patients lose their battle with the disease. Because of your contributions, my team and I will be able to study molecular changes that may lead to the growth of stomach cancer. Our findings will help set the stage for the development of new, innovative drugs that may be able to better treat the disease."
-Dr. Steven Hochwald 



“We know that the Human Papilloma Virus causes a significant number of cancers and precancers. Although there are safe and effective vaccines against thisvirus, the vaccination rates average at only 37% for adolescent females and 20 percent for adolescent males. We aim to improve those rates so that feweradolescents develop cancer in their lifetimes. Your gift will allow my team to identify successful strategies that medical offices use to achieve high rates of HPV vaccination. We will use that information to develop an intervention with medical offices that have suboptimal HPV vaccination rates."
-Dr. Martin Mahoney