publication date: Jan. 22, 2021

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SU2C announces $3.25 million in grants for head and neck cancer research

Stand Up To Cancer has announced $3.25 million in grants from four nonprofits to fund research to find new treatments for head and neck cancers.

The grants include contributions of $1.5 million each from the Fanconi Anemia Research Fund and the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. The American Head and Neck Society and the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance are each providing $125,000 to support the project.

The grants will support new approaches to treating head and neck cancers, especially those associated with Fanconi anemia and human papillomavirus, or HPV. The incidence of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma in people with Fanconi anemia is 500- to 700-fold higher than in the general population and treatment options are limited.

Head and neck cancers associated with Fanconi anemia or HPV have something in common: genetic defects that cause Fanconi anemia, as well as genetic changes resulting from HPV infection, both adversely affect DNA repair systems, which can lead to cancer.

The research team will be entitled the Stand Up To Cancer–Fanconi Anemia Research Fund– Farrah Fawcett Foundation Head and Neck Cancer Research Team. After a request for applications, scientists will be selected to attend a two-day Ideas Lab, scheduled for early 2021.

The Ideas Lab will be structured to help scientists from different disciplines explore how they could collaborate on understanding head and neck cancers. At the end of the meeting, the researchers will be invited to write formal proposals and suggest a budget for a three-year grant.

Stand Up To Cancer has released a Request for Applications; interested researchers should apply by March 22, 2021, … Continue reading SU2C announces $3.25 million in grants for head and neck cancer research

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