This consortium unites four top teams of ovarian cancer researchers in an unprecedented collaboration aimed at enabling early detection — and prevention — of many ovarian cancers. Funded by a developmental grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the initiative brings together researchers from both government and academic centers to apply emerging technologies to this pressing challenge to discover biomarkers for early detection of ovarian cancer.
Co- Principal Investigators
Chair, Department of Gynecologic Oncology
The M. Steven Piver Professor of Gynecologic Oncology
Co-Leader, Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Program
Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
The consortium is comprised of the GYN-COE and Women’s Health Integrated Research Center at Inova along with three ovarian research teams nationally that are part of the National Cancer Institute’s Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) initiative:
- Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, led by Dr. Odunsi, overall PI, and Kirsten Moysich, PhD, co-PI and epidemiologist/public health expert
- The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, led by Scott Kauffman, MD PhD, PI, and Mark Sherman, MD, Biospecimen Core Leader
- MD Anderson Cancer Center, led by co-PIs Robert Bast, MD, (MDACC), and Anil Sood, MD (MDACC)
Roswell Park Team
Vice Chair for Bioinformatics
Professor of Oncology
Investigators from collaborating sites: Nicholas Bateman, PhD, (Inova), Thomas Conrads, PhD (Inova), Kathleen Darcy, PhD, (Inova), Esther Eliashev, MD (UPCI), Ellen Goode, PhD, (Mayo Clinic), Richard Hajek, PhD (MDACC), Nagarajan Kannan, PhD (Mayo Clinic), Sanghoon Lee, PhD (MDACC), Hu Li, PhD (Mayo Clinic), Jinsong Liu, MD (MDACC), Alejandro Rauh-Hain, MD, MPH (MDACC), Chen Wang, PhD (Mayo Clinic)
The consortium is also guided by the input of a six-member Patient Advisory Council chaired by Mary Jackson Scroggins, MA, and will work closely with the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and patient advocacy groups around the country.