Intramural Awards

updated August 2015


Congratulations to our 2015 RAP and Give Breast Cancer the Boot intramural award recipients.

Spring 2015 RAP Awardees

 

Congratulations to the following Cancer Center members who received funding in the latest RAP Cycle! (Applications for the next RAP cycle will open on August 17, 2015.)

  • PI: Balmain, Allan
    Mechanism: Shared Instrument Award
    Title: "Bringing state-of-the-art digital PCR to the HDFC-Cancer Center Genome Core for increased precision and accuracy for low frequency variant detection"
    Funder: REAC
  • PI: Braithwaite, Dejana
    Mechanism: Team Science Grant
    Title: "Low dose computed tomography lung cancer screening in the San Francisco Bay Area: development of a population-based registry"
    Funder: CTSI
  • PI: Cheng, Jing
    Mechanism: Informing Tobacco Product Regulation
    Title: "Improved Methods to Understand the Impact of Tobacco Use on the Distribution of Healthcare Expenditures”
    Funder: Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education
  • PI: Chren, Mary-Margaret
    Mechanism: Pilot for Established Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences
    Title: "Quality of Ambulatory Healthcare for Cancer at a Fee-for-Service Practice and a Veterans Affairs Clinic: The Example of Skin Cancer"
    Funder: Cancer Center
  • PI: Collisson, Eric
    Mechanism: Team Science Grant
    Title: "Multimodality PET-MR Imaging to Predict Response in Pancreatic Cancer"
    Funder: REAC
  • PI: Hope, Thomas
    Mechanism: Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences
    Title: "NaF and Diffusion PET/MRI for the characterization of osseous metastatic disease in prostate cancer patients being treated with Ra-223"
    Funder: Academic Senate
  • PI: Linos, Eleni
    Mechanism: Independence Support Award
    Title: "Involving older adults in decision making for skin cancer"
    Funder: Cancer Center
  • PI: Munster, Pamela
    Mechanism: Multi-Disciplinary Planning Grant
    Title: "Planning a P01 application to fund a Comprehensive Center for BRCA Research and Clinical Care"
    Funder: National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health
  • PI: Palefsky, Joel
    Mechanism: Pilot Award in HIV-Associated Malignancies
    Title: "High-throughput screening for novel human papillomavirus inhibitors"
    Funder: Cancer Center + Academic Senate
  • PI: Persson, Anders
    Mechanism: Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences
    Title: "Subpial zone astrocytes as the origin for cortical astrocytomas"
    Funder: Cancer Center
  • PI: Rubinstein, Mark
    Mechanism: Informing Tobacco Product Regulation
    Title: "Adolescent ENDS Use, Nicotine Metabolism and Toxicant Exposure”
    Funder: Center for Tobacco Control Research & Education
  • PI: Sbitany, Hani
    Mechanism: Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences
    Title: "Breast Capsular Contracture Following Postmastectomy Reconstruction in Women Treated with the Leukotriene Inhibitor Zafirlukast"
    Funder: Cancer Center + National Center for Excellence in Women’s Health
  • PI: St. Helen, Gideon
    Mechanism: Under-represented Faculty in Clinical and Translational Research Award
    Title: "Sex and race differences in volatile organic compound (VOC) exposure among adult U.S. Smokers”
    Funder: Academic Senate
  • PI: Weiss, William
    Mechanism: Shared Instrument Award
    Title: "Use of advanced stereotactic setup for brain cancer initiation studies”
    Funder: REAC
  • PI: Wiita, Arun
    Mechanism: Pilot for Junior Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences
    Title: "Single-Cell Transcriptomics to Identify Expression-Level Intratumor Heterogeneity and Extend Prognostic Biomarkers in Multiple Myeloma"
    Funder: REAC
  • PI: Willenbring, Holger
    Mechanism: Pilot for Established Investigators in Basic and Clinical/Translational Sciences
    Title: "Development of a mouse model of human hepatocarcinogenesis"
    Funder: Cancer Center

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.

 

Give Breast Cancer the Boot

  • PI: Jeff Belkora
    Co-Investigator: Laura Esserman
    Title: “Expanding Patient Support Internships at the UCSF Breast Care Center”
  • PI: Galen Joseph
    Co-Investigators: Robin Lee, Judy Luce, Rena Pasick
    Title: “Cancer Genetics Training for Medical Interpreters”
  • PI: Michelle Melisko
    Co-Investigators: Dianne Shumay, Deborah Hamolsky, Greg Hicks
    Title: “A Multifaceted Intervention to Evaluate and Address Fear of Recurrence and Reduce Stress among Breast Cancer Survivors”
  • PI: Anne Peled
    Co-Investigators: Betty Smoot, Laura Esserman
    Title: “Implementation of a Comprehensive Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Prevention Program”
  • PI: Hope Rugo
    Co-Investigators: Mike Rabow, Jeff Belkora, Debby Hamolsky
    Title: “The Advanced Breast Cancer Program at the UCSF Breast Care Center”
  • PI: Stephanie Stavrianoudakis
    Co-Investigators: Catherine Mitsuoka, Greta Macaire
    Title: “Eat to Live Project: Providing Nutrition Education and Nutrient Dense Foods to Patients in the Infusion Center”
  • PI: Judy Luce
    Co-Investigators: Donald Abrams
    Title: “CARE Program”

About Give Breast Cancer the Boot:

In 2008, Jessica Galloway and Nancy Bechtle, along with a group of volunteers, several of them breast cancer survivors, created an event to raise money and build awareness for UCSF’s Breast Care Center. Events were held in 2008, 2011 and 2014. The 2014 event engaged over 250 patients and community friends and was the most successful yet.

This year’s Give Breast Cancer the Boot fundraising was more than double that of previous years. As in the past, event proceeds will support the highest priority programs within the Breast Care Center. In addition, due to the increased fundraising, a new RFP program was implemented. Funds were made available through this RFP to members of the UCSF community who wished to initiate projects that would directly enhance the experience of patients at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. The funds were available to any faculty or staff who is a member of the UCSF cancer community provided that the proposed project had specific benefit to patients that are being treated for breast cancer.

The intended use of this funding was to support initiatives that will have immediate benefit to breast cancer patients to help them live longer and better lives. Appropriate projects could focus on quality of life, new treatment options, navigation, decision support, and survivorship, among others.