Friday, October 21, 2011

Expedition Inspiration announces grant recipients

Breast cancer symposium set for March, snowshoe benefit for February


By REBECCA MEANY
Express Staff Writer

Locally raised funds are helping to support young breast-cancer researchers to advance efforts to find a cure for the disease.

The Expedition Inspiration Medical Advisory Committee, a component of Ketchum-based Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research, has selected two researchers as recipients of $15,000 each for their innovative breast cancer research.

J. Chuck Harrell, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will receive the Expedition Inspiration Young Investigator Award for his project "Intrinsically Targeting Breast Cancer Liver Metastasis."

Patrick Morris, from Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, will receive the Brenda Williams Memorial Young Investigator Award for his project "A Retrospective Study To Investigate the Prognostic Impact of Inflammation in Women With Breast Cancer."

The Young Investigator Award targets young researchers who might otherwise have difficulty securing financial support for their efforts.

"When a young, brilliant yet unpublished scientist comes into the field with great ideas but without previous credential, his or her work is dependent upon funding," said Suzanne Pere Mulenos, EI board chair. "Needless to say, it's much more difficult to find funding if one has little track record of discovery.

"Our efforts in offering the [Young Investigator Awards] are designed to uncover and fund the brilliance," she said. "The Medical Advisory Committee provides the 'uncovering' component, and our organization provides the funding."

That funding is made possible through the annual Starlight Snowshoe benefit and the Roll Out the Red Carpet for Research dinner and auction, which was held Thursday, Oct. 20, in Boise, as well as organized hikes and mountain expeditions.

Those events also support the annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium, held annually in the Wood River Valley. The event brings together scientists to collaborate on the understanding, treatment and curing of breast cancer.

The young grant recipients will be invited to present their research at the organization's 16th annual symposium, titled "The Metastatic Process and Novel Opportunities for Therapy," in March. The public portion of the symposium is scheduled for Thursday, March 8, in Sun Valley Inn's Limelight Room. Attendees can meet researchers, including the awardees, hear about the most current science in the field of breast cancer and ask questions.

The Starlight Snowshoe benefit is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11.

For details, call 726-6456 or log on to the Expedition Inspiration website, www.expeditioninspiration.org.

Rebecca Meany: rmeany@mtexpress.com




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