Research Projects Supported by ACKC

Kidney Cancer Researcher Wins DoD Grant

Geoffrey Clark, Associate Professor of molecular biology at the University of Louisville, KY, was selected to receive a 3-year grant, commencing in July 2009, as part of the Department of Defense’s Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP). Dr. Clark’s research will focus on a tumor suppressor gene called RASSF1A, which, along with the VHL gene, is turned off in a majority of kidney cancers with clear cell pathology. In one aspect of his study, Dr. Clark will research drugs that turn on RASSF1A to observe their effect on kidney cancer progression.

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Maria F. Czyzyk-Krzeska Studies

Maria F. Czyzyk-Krzeska, MD, PhD of the University of Cincinnati, won a $932,919 three-year grant from the Defense Department’s (DoD) Peer Review Medical Research Program to identify genes in kidney cancer oncogenesis. This grant, which commenced in early 2007, will run until early 2010, is the first grant ever awarded by DoD for kidney cancer research and is the result of a lobbying campaign by ACKC that requested a Congressional appropriation for kidney cancer research at the Department of Defense. We congratulate Dr. Czyzyk-Krzeska on her grant.

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Military Aid for Kidney Cancer

In 2006, Action to Cure Kidney Cancer and its supporters lobbied Congress seeking a $15 million appropriation within the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) for kidney cancer research (see Campaign 2006 below for details). Although we did not get the $15 million, we were successful in getting kidney cancer listed as one of the twenty-eight topic areas eligible to compete for $50 million in research grants in the FY2006 Peer Reviewed Medical Program (PRMRP), which is also within the CDMRP. This was the first time kidney cancer was eligible to receive Department of Defense (DoD) money for research.

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