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Four Georgia Scientists Awarded Breast Cancer Research Awards

Three breast cancer researchers from three different universities in Georgia have been awarded $50,000 each and a fourth awarded $25,000 thanks to funding from It’s The Journey and The Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE). The two non-profits teamed up to provide $175,000 to recognize creative ideas that may advance progress toward detecting, treating or curing breast cancer.

Awardees of $50,000 include:

Susan Thomas, PhD, Assistant Professor, Institute of Bioengineering and Biosciences, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; Mandi Murph, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences, University of Georgia; and Aneja Ritu, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Center for Inflammation, Immunity and Infection, Department of Biology, Georgia State University.

$25,000 was awarded to Dora Il’yasova, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Georgia State University.

Dora Il’yasova

“We had several excellent applicants and feel confident that our reviewers have selected sound, creative ideas of scientific importance for the 2017 Breast Cancer Research Awards,” says Laurel Sybilrud, Chairman of the Board for It’s The Journey.

All research plans are based on national research priorities.

“This one-year pilot funding supports investigators in achieving proof-of-principle,” says Nancy Paris, President and Chief Executive Officer of Georgia CORE. “We support the researchers’ efforts to establish that an idea, invention or process is feasible, so that they can move forward in applying for more extensive funding.”

Georgia CORE oversees the scientific review process in collaboration with the Georgia Research Alliance. (GRA) Rating criteria included scientific importance, innovation, potential impact, investigator and institutional capacity, collaboration and inclusion of disparate populations.

The 2017 Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, which took place the weekend of November 11-12, enables It’s The Journey to support breast health programs across Georgia. Since 2003, It’s

The Journey has raised $13 million and awarded 298 grants.


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