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Funds from The Challenge will be awarded to a Purdue University Center for Cancer Research member in support of a novel, innovative idea that will have high impact in cancer research everywhere. 

Each year the Center for Cancer Research invites applications for a cancer-focused research award. The goal of The Challenge Grant award is to identify a novel, innovative project that when completed will generate high impact in the field of cancer.  The following is a list of the cancer research projects awarded from funds raised by participation in The Challenge:

Year:  2009
Awardee:  Dr. Julia Kirshner, Department of Biology
Project:  A huBM mouse model for pre-clinical testing of anti-myeloma cancer stem cell agents

Year:  2010
Awardee:  Dr. Sophie Lelièvre, Department of Basic Medical Sciences
Project:  The Impact of the Microenvironment on the Progression of Basal-Like Ductal Carcinoma in situ of the Breast

Year:  2011
Awardee:  Dr. Daniel Raftery, Department of Chemistry
Project:  Metabolomics approach to detect early esophageal adenocarcinoma

Year:  2012
Awardee:  Dr. Ulrike Dydak, Department of Health Sciences
Project:  3D 31P MRSI of Human Liver: A Spatially-Resolved Study of Normal and Malignant Tissue Response to Radiation Therapy

Year:  2013
Awardee:  Dr. Shuang Liu, Department of Health and Human Sciences
Project:  99mTc-3P-RGD2 SPECT/CT for Noninvasive Monitoring of Linifanib Therapy

Year:  2014
Awardee:  Dr. Scott Briggs, Department of Biochemistry
Project:  Translation of basic discoveries: From yeast to prostate cancer cells

Year:  2015
Awardee:  Dr. Claudio Aguilar, Department of Biological Sciences
Project:  A Chimeric EGF-Targeted Bacterial Toxin as Therapeutic Agent against Bladder Cancer

Awardee:  Dr. R. Graham Cooks, Department of Chemistry
Project:  Ambient Mass Spectrometry for Clinical Diagnosis of Oral/Pharyngeal Cancer

Awardee:  Dr. Yoon Yeo, Department of Industrial & Physical Pharmacy
Project:  Intraperitoneal Drug Delivery System for Post-surgical Chemotherapy of Ovarian Cancer

Year:  2016
Awardee:  Dr. V. Jo Davisson, Department of Medicinal Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology
Project:  Synthetic Lethal Antagonist Combinations Targeting DNA Repair Protein Interactions

Awardee:  Dr. Chang Kim, Department of Comparative Pathobiology
Project:  Impact of gut microbial metabolites on colon cancer development

Year:  2017
Awardee:  Dr. Bumsoo Han, Department of Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering
Project:  Genotype-Specific Cancer-Associated Fibroblast Mechanics of Pancreatic Cancer

Year:  2018
Awardee:  Dr. Michael Childress, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
Project:  Cross-correlational analysis of genomic, transcriptomic, and biodynamic imaging data as a new avenue towards personalized therapy of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Today's cancer research fuels tomorrow's cancer treatments.  We invite you to participate in our quest for effective treatments and cures. To make a gift by credit card, debit card, or directly from your checking account, please click here.

Do you want to make even more of a difference? Join us by promoting the event and sharing with your family and friends, or you can pledge a participant or team. Awards will be given for the most money raised as an individual, community group, faculty/staff group, and student group.

You may also send donations directly to the Center at the address below.

Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
Attn: The Challenge
Hansen Life Sciences Research Building, room 100
201 S. University Street
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-2064

Questions?  Contact our office at (765) 494-1109


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