Prostate Cancer Foundation Grants $5.5M in Research Funding to Challenge Award Winners

Prostate Cancer Foundation Grants $5.5M in Research Funding to Challenge Award Winners
More than $5.5 million in funding from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) will enable six teams of scientists to pursue innovative therapeutic strategies for advanced prostate cancer. Announced at the end of October, the research funding will go to multi-institutional, cross-disciplinary teams who are the latest winners of the 2018 PCF Challenge Awards. The competitive awards are intended to accelerate progress toward reducing death and suffering due to prostate cancer. There were 70 international applications for this year’s awards. The selection process calls for peer review of each project’s scientific value and prospective impact on patients. “We are proud to have the opportunity to fund six teams of deserving investigators who show promising developments in new therapeutic strategies for advanced prostate cancer, including the areas of targeted radiation therapy and the optimization of immunotherapy,” Jonathan W. Simons, PCF's president and CEO, said in a press release. “We are hopeful that exploring these targeted areas will lead to the development of better treatments while saving lives." This year’s award recipients will work on a variety of projects, including studying the potential for RNA biomarkers to predict patient responses to specific treatments; evaluating how PSMA-targe
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