A New Funding Cycle
In its first two years, Pelotonia raised more than $12 million for cancer research at Ohio State, and last year, it raised more than $13 million, bringing the three-year total to a remarkable $25.5 million. The stories chronicled here show how we invested the dollars raised from Pelotonia 09 and Pelotonia 10. As we invest the dollars from Pelotonia 11, we'll continue to build remarkable stories of discovery, expertise and resources – all brought to bear against this devastating disease.
MICHAEL A. CALIGIURI, MD
OFFICER, JAMES CANCER
HOSPITAL AND SOLOVE
THE OHIO STATE
UNIVERSITY, JOHN L.
FOUNDATION CHAIR IN
In 2009, to cope with the prolonged decline in federal support for cancer research, we established our annual Pelotonia cycling tour to raise money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James).
The event generated $12.3 million in its first two years. Thanks to generous underwriters, every dollar raised goes to cancer research at Ohio State. This special issue of Frontiers presents how we've applied these funds in three major areas: Discovery and Innovation, Bringing the Best to Ohio State, and Expanding Research Capabilities.
We've invested $4.7 million in "Discovery and Innovation." These funds stimulate and train outstanding Ohio State undergraduate, graduate and medical students, and postdoctoral investigators for future cancer research (see page 6). Pelotonia also funds team studies by OSUCCC – James investigators, using a rigorous peer-review approval process in which the reviewers select studies that could move us more quickly toward a cancer-free world (see page 8). Pelotonia also supports two clinical trials, one investigating a breast-cancer vaccine developed at Ohio State, the other a promising therapy for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (see page 14).
Pelotonia is critical for bringing the best minds to our center. We invested $5.4 million into the "Best to Ohio State" fund, which supports start-up research projects, staff and supplies needed to establish 16 new cancer investigators at Ohio State (see page 19). These learned faculty will stimulate our already great team to be even greater.
Finally, we've invested $2.6 million of Pelotonia funds in "Expanding Research Capabilities" to help outfit new laboratories and purchase high-tech equipment (see page 17). A solid research infrastructure is essential for turning ideas into discoveries. These instruments are available to all
OSUCCC – James investigators.
Pelotonia 11 raised more than $13.1 million, and we're now investing those dollars into Ohio State cancer research. I look forward to sharing that story with you next year. Pelotonia 12 is Aug. 10-12. Thousands of riders will take to the roads, pedaling on multiple routes between Ohio State and Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. Please join us!