Award News

updated February 2017


Congratulations to the recent recipients of RAP and ACS Individual Research Award funding!

RAP Awardees - Fall 2016 Cycle

  • Allan Balmain, PhD, FRS
    "Use of advanced electroporation setup/ Nucleofector™ Technology for CRISPR-based Genome Editing in vitro and in vivo"
  • Spencer Behr, MD
    "Imaging tumor burden and response to treatment in high-grade gliomas with 68Ga-citrate PET/MR"
  • Dexter Hadley, MD, PhD
    "Translating Big Data from Breast Cancer Imaging into Precision Oncology"
  • Ophir Klein, MD, PhD
    "The role of stem cell competition in precancerous field formation"
  • Sarah Knox, PhD
    "Understanding the Impact of Perineural Invasion in Head and Neck Cancer"
  • Janine Lupo, PhD
    "A Strategy for Integrating Metabolic and Physiologic MR Imaging into Radiation Treatment Planning for Patients with Glioma"
  • Il Woo Park, PhD
    "Non-Invasive Assessment of Treatment Response to Novel Therapies for Pediatric Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma Using Hyperpolarized 13C Pyruvate MRI"
  • Adam Renslo, PhD
    "A Novel PET Reagent for Imaging Metastases and as a Companion Diagnostic Agent"
  • Hilde Schjerven, PhD
    "Role of p120-Ctnnd1 in pre-B ALL"
  • Catherine Smith, MD
    "Modeling Off Target Resistance to FLT3 Inhibitors"
  • Luika Timmerman, PhD
    "Recombinant antibodies for xCT biologic and therapeutic discovery"
  • "Immunotherapy and male reproductive health: A pilot study"
  • Zhen Wang, MD
    "MR Elastography in Metastatic Pancreatic Cancer"
  • Joseph Wiemels, PhD
    "Etiology of breast cancer: a role for cytomegalovirus?"
  • David Wilson, MD, PhD
    "Investigating the mechanisms of acidosis in prostate cancer using hyperpolarized 13C MRI"

About the RAP Awards

The Resource Allocation Program (RAP) is a campus-wide program whose aim is to coordinate intramural research funding opportunities for the UCSF community. Through RAP, the Cancer Center and other UCSF agencies provide seed funding to encourage clinical investigators, especially those at the beginning of their career, to initiate promising projects that may enable them to compete successfully for national research grants. Targeted areas are innovative pilot and phase I/II studies and other projects in clinical, health policy, health services, and psychosocial and behavioral research.

American Cancer Society Awardees

  • Ernesto Diaz-Flores, PhD
    "Identifying Effective Therapeutic Combinations between ABT-199 and Chemotherapy Partners in High-RiskALL"
  • Robert Flavell, MD, PhD
    "Boronated PSMA Neutron Capture Therapy for treatment of advanced prostate cancer"
  • Kord Kober, PhD
    "Gene expression and pathway anaysis of paclitaxel-induced neuropathy in cancer survivors"
  • JJ Miranda, PhD
    "Epigenetic Inhibition of Epstein-Barr Associated Malignancies"
  • Björn Schwer, MD, PhD
    "Mechanisms that fuel genomic instability and drive tumorigenesis in neural stem/progenitor cells"
  • Kieuhoa Vo, MD, MAS
    "Discovering Therapeutic Targets Using Circulating Tumor DNA in Pediatric Solid Malignancies"

About the ACS Individual Research Awards

This program is to make seed funding available to encourage junior investigators to initiate promising new projects in cancer-related research that may enable them to compete successfully for national research grants. Targeted are projects in basic, clinical, health policy, health services, psychosocial and behavioral, epidemiologic, and control research that seek to answer fundamental questions about the development and nature of cancer; have direct application to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer; relate to health policy or delivery of cancer care; investigate the psychosocial and behavioral impact of cancer; or study the circumstances under which cancer occurs in populations. Learn more.