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A Comprehensive Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Career Development Program

Directors:       
Olufunmilayo Olopade, MBBS
Gini Fleming, MD

SPECIFIC AIMS

Aim 1:    Establish a mechanism for soliciting CDP applications from Department Chairs with special emphasis placed on identification of qualified minority individuals, women and persons with disabilities;
Aim 2:    Convene a Special Review Panel made up of members of the Executive Committee and select members of the Internal Advisory Committee, supplemented by the necessary ad hoc reviewers, to review and select the best candidates for CDP award;
Aim 3:    Monitor the activity of the Multidisciplinary Mentoring Committee to ensure that it is functioning properly and that the awardees are fully integrated into the SPORE;
Aim 4:    Encourage, support, and nurture career development of each awardee using the expertise of our interdisciplinary Internal Scientific Advisory Committee.

Programmatic leadership and individual mentoring will continue to be provided by a multidisciplinary mentoring committee, which must include the necessary representation from the basic/population sciences, clinical sciences, and biostatistics so that all disciplines are represented for optimal mentoring of each awardee. Mentors in the CDP are established cancer researchers and as members of the UChicago Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC) have access to all center and SPORE sponsored Cores. For junior faculty awardees, the explicit expectation is that the awardees will utilize the resources made available to them for the development of translational research programs and the eventual acquisition of independent funding in breast cancer research. We are requesting $50,000 per year to be supplemented by $100,000 of Institutional support. Thus, one to two full awards of $100,000 per year will be made; the award can be used to recruit new faculty, cover salary, technician support and supplies. A given awardee can be supported for up to two years providing satisfactory progress is demonstrated. For exceptional senior faculty interested in breast cancer translational research, one award of $50,000 per year will be made.

CDP-Related Publications

Career Development Program Funded in Previous Period (2006-2012)

Award Year

Principal Investigator

Mentor(s)

Project Title

1

Hania Al-Hallaq, PhD^

Gillian Newstead, MD
Professor, Dept of Radiology

Can Functional BOLD Imaging Increase the Specificity of Breast MRI Screening?

1

Patrick La Riviere, PhD*^

Gregory Karczmar, PhD
Professor, Dept of Radiology

Molecular Probes and System Development for Optoacoustic Imaging of Proteases in Breast Cancer

1

Andy Minn, MD, PhD*^

Ralph Weichselbaum, MD
Dept Chair and Professor, Radiation & Cellular Oncology

Developing Predictive Assays and Targeted Therapy for Breast Cancer Based on Experimental Models of Malignant Progression

2

Husain Sattar, MD^

Jerrold Turner, MD, PhD
Professor, Dept of Pathology

Biomarkers Useful in Individualizing Axillary Staging in Patients with Breast Cancer

3

Rong Stephanie Huang, MD*^

M. Eileen Dolan, PhD
Professor of Medicine 

Utility of patient lymphocytes in discovery of pharmacogenetic markers

3

Emil Sidky, PhD*^

Xiaochuan Pan, PhD
Professor of Radiology

Dedicated image-reconstruction algorithms for Digital Breast Tomosynthesis

4

Rong Stephanie Huang, MD*^

M. Eileen Dolan, PhD
Professor of Medicine 

Utility of patient lymphocytes in discovery of pharmacogenetic markers

4

Richard B. Jones, PhD*^

Geoffrey Greene, PhD
Professor, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Quantitative Analysis of Ninety-Six Protein Targets in Triple Negative Breast Tumors and Generation of Next Generation Clinical Screening Technology

 

* External Funding Received directly related to the CDP
^ Publications derived from their CDP

Accomplishments
The table below demonstrates how the CDP has been successful. Over the past 6 years, recipients of these awards have been substantially awarded both peer and non-peer reviewed external funding. The SPORE in Breast Cancer invested a total of $493,550 toward the CDP. Since the receipt of the SPORE funds, awardees at the institution have received a total of $9,667,193 in grant funding, representing a nearly 20 fold “return on investment”.  Of these awards, $6,731,328* was a direct result of the CDP project findings. Publications have also been a great success for our awardees. Since the receipt of the SPORE, awardees have a total of 84 publications. Of these, 31 are directly related to their CDP project.  

Accomplishments (2006-2012)


Career Development Program

Accomplishments

Funding Received

Publications

Year

Total Number of
Awardees

Total Amount
Funded

TC Awarded Since CDP

TC Awarded Related to CDP*

Number
Since CDP

Number
Related to CDP*

Year 1
(2006-2007)

3

 $      225,000

 $         6,970,542

 $          5,060,019

33

17

Year 2
(2007-2008)

1

 $      100,000

 $                       -  

 $                        -  

7

2

Year 3
(2008-2009)

2

 $        80,000

 $         1,132,373

 $          1,093,818

11

4

Year 4
(2009-2010)

2

 $        88,550

 $         1,564,278

 $             577,491

33

8

Year 5
(2010-2012)

-

 $                -  

 $                       -  

 $                        -  

-

-

Totals

8

 $      493,550

 $         9,667,193

 $          6,731,328

84

31

 

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