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Oct. 28, 2004

CAP Requests Letters-Of-Concept For Pilot Research Funding

The University of Iowa Cancer and Aging Program (CAP) is currently accepting letters-of-concept for academic year 2005-2006 pilot project funding. The goal of CAP's Research Development Funding Initiative is to promote and develop research on cancer and aging.

CAP, a National Institutes of Health-supported joint effort of the UI Center on Aging and the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI, encourages basic and clinical research on issues uniquely associated with cancer in the elderly.

"This is a great opportunity for faculty and research scientists at the UI to develop innovative scientific programs that address the issue of cancer in older persons," said Robert Wallace, M.D., UI professor of epidemiology and co-director of the Center on Aging.

Pilot project funding is open to all UI faculty and research scientists conducting independent research. The usual pilot project duration is one year, with the potential for a second year of funding based on competitive re-evaluation. Ultimately, CAP hopes the pilot projects will develop into independently funded projects. Researchers may request up to $50,000 per year or $100,000 per project. It is anticipated that a minimum of two awards will be made each year through academic year 2007-2008.

CAP currently supports research on the role of reactive oxygen species in aging-associated cancer, the effect of co-morbidity on the progression of cancer-related disability and the effectiveness of aggressive treatments for early stage prostate cancer.

Investigators are encouraged to consult with CAP leadership and to use available Core Resources in developing letters-of-concept, which are due Dec. 1, 2004. Selected investigators will be invited to submit full proposals, which will be due April 1, 2005. Detailed information about the application and review process can be obtained by calling the CAP office at 319-384-4566 or by going to http://www.cancerandaging.uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: College of Public Health Office of Communications, 4157 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kate Gleeson, 319-384-4277, kate-gleeson@uiowa.edu