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Nov. 30, 2005

CAP Extends Deadline For Letters-Of-Concept For Pilot Research Funding

The University of Iowa Cancer and Aging Program (CAP) has extended the deadline for letters-of-concept for academic year 2006-2007 pilot project funding to Jan. 23, 2006. The goal of CAP's Research Development Funding Initiative is to promote and develop research on cancer and aging.

The pilot project funding is open to all UI faculty and research scientists conducting independent research. 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 director of the Center on Aging.

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.

UI studies previously funded by CAP include research on colorectal cancer screening, the effect of pre-existing dementia on treating non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in older patients, 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 Jan. 23. Selected investigators will be invited to submit full proposals, which will be due March 24, 2006. Detailed information about the application and review process can be obtained by calling the CAP office at 319-335-6576 or by going to http://www.cancerandaging.uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa 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