UCSF rewarded $25M to investigate initial stages of cancer development

By Pranali Mehta  | Date: 2022-06-18

UCSF rewarded $25M to investigate initial stages of cancer development

A best-in-class team of scientists and researchers co-led by Allan Balmain, Professor of Cancer Genetics at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), has been rewarded with $25 million by Cancer Grand Challenges for thoroughly investigating the initial stages of cancer development.

For the record, Cancer Grand Challenges is a global initiative, co-founded in 2020 by the world’s two largest funders of cancer research; Cancer Research UK and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI), that supports a community of diverse, global teams in conducting research on cancer's toughest challenges.

Balmain, Luke Gilbert PhD, and Kim Rhoads, MPH, MS, MD, both of UC San Francisco, will head the team, called PROMINENT.

Furthermore, Nuria Lopez-Bigas, PhD, Institute for Research in Biomedicine, Barcelona and Paul Brennan, PhD, International Agency for Research on Cancer, will also assist the team in finding answers to fundamental questions regarding the very initial stages of tumor formation and development.

Speaking on the latest move, Allan Balmain stated that as a research community, the team is on the verge of finding a major milestone in their understanding of the several fundamental factors that lead to the risks of developing cancer. This can further help understand and find new ways to stop cancer even before it starts.

Meanwhile, David Scott, Director of Cancer Grand Challenges, Cancer Research UK said that the investment in the team will encourage researchers to think diversely. Cancer Grand Challenges will provide time, funding, and space to multidisciplinary teams in order to foster innovation and transformative approach.

According to reliable sources, the PROMINENT team will have advocates and scientists who have expertise in genetics, epidemiology, imaging, and more across five institutions in the U.S., Spain, and France.

UCSF comes as a natural participant in such significant multidisciplinary pursuits, said Gilbert, assistant professor in urology, UCSF.

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