Scientists Named in First Round of Funding

From its start a year ago, The Patrick C.Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund has been something different. Its goal is understanding and curing prostate cancer, but its support isn't limited to scientists specializing in urologic research. "We've thrown open the doors to any scientist, in any department at Johns Hopkins who has a promising idea worth pursuing," says urologist Patrick C. Walsh, M.D, whose lifetime work inspired the idea, and whose generous patients made it possible.

The Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund hit the ground running, and in its inaugural round of funding received applications from more than 40 Hopkins scientists. "The review panel spent significant effort reviewing each of the applications,"Walsh reports. "Although we did not have the funds to support all of the work that the panel thought was worthy, we were able to fund individuals and research projects from diverse backgrounds." The panel is "greatly anticipating the exciting applications that will be submitted for the next round later this year. Everyone is encouraged to apply."

The work of the first awardees is covered in the next articles. These scientists are:

Joshi Alumkal, M.D.,
Fellow, Oncology 
Dmitri Artemov, Ph.D., 
Assistant Professor, Radiology 
David Berman, M.D., Ph.D., 
Assistant Professor, Pathology, Urology, Oncology 
Angelo DeMarzo, M.D., Ph.D., 
Associate Professor, Pathology, Urology, Oncology
Charles Drake, M.D., Ph.D., 
Assistant Professor, Oncology
Barry Nelkin, Ph.D., 
Professor, Oncology
Roberto Pili, M.D., 
Assistant Professor, Oncology

As part of this same review process, the panel also awarded career developmental and pilot project grants to individuals from the Prostate Cancer SPORE grant. These awardees are:

Charles Foster, M.D., 
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
John Isaacs, Ph.D., 
Professor, Oncology, Urology 
William Isaacs, Ph.D., 
Professor of Urology, Oncology
Alan Meeker, Ph.D., 
Fellow, Urology, Oncology


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