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Dr. Alain Borczuk and Colleagues Receive Prestigious Cancer Moonshot Grant

Dr. Alain Borczuk
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


Cancer Moonshot Grant Funds Research into Discovering Targets for Lung Cancer Prevention Strategies


Weill Cornell Medicine has received a prestigious Cancer Moonshot grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Immuno-Oncology Translational Network (IOTN) to explore the mechanisms that allow slow-growing lung cancer lesions to progress into aggressive malignancies and identify new therapeutic strategies to intercept the transition. 

The competitive grant was one of only three awarded this year. The Weill Cornell Medicine investigators, led by Dr. Nasser Altorki, director of the Neuberger Berman Lung Cancer Research Center and the David. B. Skinner Professor of Thoracic Surgery, will receive up to $4.2 million in funding over five years to pursue their research.

The Cancer Moonshot initiative supports scientific research with the potential to accelerate the understanding of cancer and identify new ways to intercept its initiation and progression. Congress established the program in 2016 as part of the 21st Century Cures Act, with a total of $1.8 billion administered over seven years by the National Cancer Institute.

“Our previous work suggests that the progression from precancerous to aggressive lung cancer is associated with the development of a significantly suppressed immune response in the tumor microenvironment,” said Dr. Altorki, who also leads the Experimental Therapeutics Program of the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center  at Weill Cornell Medicine and is a thoracic surgeon at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “With this grant, we will generate crucial insights into the complex interactions that take place between cancer cells and the surrounding cells, including the immune cells they must suppress to survive. We anticipate those insights will reveal a major breakthrough that could be tested in future clinical trials.”  

The Pathologist Names Dr. Genevieve Crane "Trailblazer of the Lab"

Genevieve Crane, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology

The Pathologist has named Genevieve Crane, MD, PhD a "Trailblazer of the Lab" in their 2019 Power List. 

“'Pathology provides a truly unique opportunity to build a niche based on your passion and skillsets, directly impacting the field and potentially the lives of others,' says Eve, Assistant Professor of Pathology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Alongside her research interest in investigating the influence of host and environmental factors on lymphoma development, she is also passionate about education and outreach, especially through social media. With over 5,000 followers on Twitter, she frequently uses her powerful online presence to prompt and engage in discussions surrounding her specialty – diagnostic hematopathology."

Read the full article on The Pathologist.

Dr. Matthew Greenblatt Wins Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research

Dr. Matthew Greenblatt, an assistant professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine, has been awarded the 2019 Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research to support his work studying tumor growth in bone.    

Dr. Matthew Greenblatt
Credit: John Abbott

Established in 2013, the prize is awarded each year to New York-based scientists pursuing compelling cancer research and provides $200,000 in funding annually for up to three years. The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance supports innovative cancer research and facilitates collaborations between academia and industry in hopes of contributing to finding cures for cancer. Dr. Greenblatt will receive his award at a reception on May 22 in Manhattan.

“I’m really delighted that the resources this prize provides will let us pursue an exciting research project,” said Dr. Greenblatt, who is also a pathologist at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “The award is designed to help you pursue big-picture ideas that may not fall within the scope of traditional National Institutes of Health funding, projects that are ambitious and risky.”

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