Duke researchers get Komen money for cancer studies

Posted April 10, 2009 2:51 p.m. EDT
Updated May 16, 2009 5:19 p.m. EDT

— Susan G. Komen for the Cure pledged more than $8 million to Duke researchers working on early detection and prevention strategies for aggressive breast cancer.

The grants will fund four projects at the Duke University School of Medicine, including a study of
why African-American women die more frequently than their white counterparts from breast cancer.

The researchers and their projects are:

  • Victoria Seewaldt, $6.75 million (shared with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center), Diagnostic and Prognostic Biomarkers
  • Gerard Blobe, $600,000, TbetaRIII/sTbetaRIII in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Cancer
  • Jen-Tsan Chi, $600,000, Mammary epithelial cell types as determinant of hypoxia responses in breast cancers
  • Catherine Drendall, $427,329, Development of Proteomic Signatures of Risk to Estrogen-Independent Breast Cancer