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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation names first recipients of Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists

October 08, 2015

Dr. Cadwell studies the link between inflammation and diseases such as cancer and Crohn's disease. He has discovered a new phenomenon whereby intestinal disease, in mouse, is triggered by a particular genetic mutation combined with viral infection. His long-term research goal is to learn how viral infections disrupt the balance of our immune system, hopefully leading to therapeutics that target these processes and prevent cancer. Dr. Cadwell recently moved to New York City, where he is now Assistant Professor at the New York University School of Medicine.

L. Stirling Churchman, PhD (Damon Runyon Fellow at University of California, San Francisco '08-'11)

The process of transcription (how DNA is copied to RNA) is a key point at which gene expression is regulated. Dr. Churchman has developed a new technology that for the first time allows transcription to be examined at high resolution in live cells. She will use this technology to address questions about how transcription is controlled, potentially identifying new targets and pathways for cancer treatment.

Source: Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation