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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 16, 2005

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Awards Seed Grants

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center (HCCC) at the University of Iowa has awarded a total of $30,000 in HCCC Seed Grants for Translational Project Development and Clinical Trials to researchers in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Awards of $10,000 each will support three teams of investigators.

These grants are designed to help researchers take discoveries from the research laboratories of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and use them to develop new approaches to cancer prevention and treatment.

Kenneth Dornfeld, M.D., Ph.D., (top, left) assistant professor of radiation oncology, will lead a team that will study radiation-induced tissue death, which can occur when insufficient oxygen reaches tissues in the body.

Co-investigators Douglas Trask, M.D., Ph.D., (right) assistant professor of otolaryngology, and Frederick Domann Jr., Ph.D., (left) associate professor of radiation oncology, will explore a novel approach to enhancing the sensitivity of a variety of cancers to radioactive iodine, which mostly is used to treat thyroid cancer. Trask is also a staff physician with the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System.

Carol E.H. Scott-Conner, M.D., Ph.D., (bottom, left) professor of surgery, will assess how prior pregnancy impacts on the behavior of breast cancer.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer. Visit the center online at http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/cancercenter/.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

PHOTOS/BIOS:

Frederick Domann: http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/radiationoncology/frrb/faculty/domann.html

Kenneth Dornfeld:
http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/radiationoncology/cvs/dornfield.html

Carol Scott-Conner:
See listing at this page: http://www.surgery.uiowa.edu/htmpages/faculty.htm

Douglas Trask:
http://www.uihealthcare.com/depts/med/otolaryngology/faculty/trask.html

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 5224-1178

MEDIA CONTACT: Becky Soglin, 319 335-6660 becky-soglin@uiowa.edu