Roswell Park Receives ACS Grant to Support Young Scientific Talent

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center announced an Institutional Research Grant (IRG) for $180,000 from the American Cancer Society to provide pilot funding for junior-level investigators. Andrei Gudkov, PhD, Senior Vice President Basic Science and Garman Family Chair in Cell Stress Biology is the principal investigator.

The IRG funding stimulates a mini-internal grant program within Roswell Park. These grants allow young investigators an opportunity to seek mentorship, develop pilot data and gain confidence in submitting grant applications for peer-reviewed funding mechanisms. The focus on cancer research allows the scientists to take their first step in a career to advance cancer treatments and diagnostic tools. The scientists are given an opportunity to test their ideas and translate the ideas into meaningful results.

“By providing seed-funding to the young investigators, we are encouraging the exploration of new ideas which can potentially lead to new therapies or prevention techniques,” said Dr. Gudkov.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service. For more information, visit the ACS website at

The mission of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. Roswell Park, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or email


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