SCI - Seed Grants

The clinicians and researchers at the Skin Cancer Institute are committed to generating new ideas about skin cancer etiology, prevention and treatment, and then translating these ideas and discoveries from the laboratory into the clinic and into the community. We are also committed to growing new, successful researchers. A skin cancer-free future requires planning today for new ideas and trained researchers. These ideas and these researchers need research dollars and a supportive environment to flourish.

The ‘Skin Cancer Seed Grant Research’ competition is designed to help University of Arizona researchers test novel ideas for prevention, detection or treatment of melanoma and other skin cancers. These proposals are small grants designed to be ‘seeds’ to help new research ideas grow into larger research proposals that can be competitive for national funding and to help young investigators grow their careers. We have just completed the round of funding for this research grant opportunity.

Thanks to the generous support of the Melanoma Walk Fund, the Maltz Foundation, the Joanne Isbrecht memorial fund, and our own Dr. Lois Loescher, the SCI is pleased to announce the three winners of this year’s competition for 2013-2014. We received eight excellent research proposals and we managed to fund, or partially fund, three of the proposals.

2013-2014 Seed Grant Recipients
 

                                                                                      

 

 

 

Yira Bermudez, PhD, MBA"Balancing the Angiogenic Diagnosis Scale for the Early Diagnosis of Melanoma"

                            

 

 

                                       

 

Myra Muramoto, MD, MPHPreliminary Studies for Massage Therapist Education in Skin Cancer Early Detection and Sun Safety Education”

 

 

 

 

 

Joshua Williams, PhDAssessment of Metformin as a Reactive Scavenger for the Chemoprevention of Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer”

 

For further information contact: Robin B. Harris, PhD, MPH (Co-Director, Skin Cancer Institute) rbharris@email.arizona.eduor 520-626-5357.

 

Seed Grant History

Thanks to the generous support of donors of the Skin Cancer Institute and the Melanoma Walk Gift Funds, the Skin Cancer Insittue initiated the annual Skin Cancer Seed Grant Research competition in 2010. This competition and funds are designed to help University of Arizona researchers test novel ideas for prevention, detection, or treatment of skin cancer. These small grants are designed to be 'seeds' to help new research ideas grow into larger research proposals that can be competitive for national funding. It is also a way to help young investigators grow their careers and for more experienced investigators to try new research ideas and approaches.

Upon receipt of applications, all proposals are reviewed by experienced researchers from the Cancer Center for: scientific merit, likelihood of publication of results and provision of preliminary data for an external grant, and likelihood of being completed within the one year time frame.

Recipients for 2012-2013

Jana Jandova, PhD
"Evaluating the Role of mtDNA Mutations in the Development of Non-melanoma Skin Cancer"

 
 

Recipients for 2010-2011

Jeff Stone, PhD
"An investigation of whether creating hypocrisy about performing sun protection behaviors can engage an individual’s self-regulation process to promote long-term behavior change"

Yira Bermudez, PhD
"Validation of an analytical method to quantify folate species involved in DNA repair and synthesis in human skin and tissue"

Sally Dickinson, PhD
"Potential for sulforaphane to inhibit melanoma metastasis via inhibition of AP- 1 activity"

Robert Krouse, MD
"Prognostic value of karyometry for cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma"