Joan’s Fund Bestows Head And Neck Cancer Research Grants  

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Posted: 10/6/2010

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four researchers at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James) received grants collectively totaling $110,000 from The Joan Levy Bisesi Foundation for Head and Neck Oncology Research, also known as Joan’s Fund.

The grants were also supported by the David E. and Carole H. Schuller chair of head and neck oncologic surgery at OSUCCC-James. Receiving awards were:


  • Dr. Matthew Old (43221), assistant professor in the department of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, who received the Joan Bisesi Memorial Career Development Grant of $40,000 for two years ($80,000 total) for a project titled “Novel Oncolytic Virus Therapy in Squamous Cell Carcinoma”;


  • Quintin Pan, (43017) associate professor and research director of the head and neck oncology program in the department of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, also a member of the experimental therapeutics program at the OSUCCC-James, who received the Michelle Theado Memorial Grant of $10,000 for a project titled “Targeting Cancer-Initiating Cells in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma”;


  • Jharna Datta, (43221) a research scientist in the department of molecular and cellular biochemistry, and also at the OSUCCC-James, who received The John Young Memorial Grant of $10,000 for a project titled “Therapeutic Targeting of Protein Kinase C Epsilon by microRNA 107 in Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma;


  • Bhavna Kumar, (43082) a program director in the department of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery, who received The Levy Family Grant of $10,000 for a project titled “Role of microRNA-34a (miR-34a) in Head and Neck Tumors.”


  • Joan's Fund is named for Joan Levy Bisesi, who died of squamous cell carcinoma at age 34 in 2001, just 10 weeks after the birth of her daughter. Joan’s cancer was first diagnosed in 1996 and recurred twice, the first time after nearly five cancer-free years. Before she died, Joan and her husband, Phil Bisesi, created a foundation in her name to raise money for research that focuses on finding a cure for all types of head and neck cancer.

    The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (cancer.osu.edu) is one of only 40 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the United States designated by the National Cancer Institute. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the top cancer hospitals in the nation, The James is the 180-bed adult patient-care component of the cancer program at The Ohio State University. The OSUCCC-James is one of only seven funded programs in the country approved by the NCI to conduct both Phase I and Phase II clinical trials.

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    Eileen Scahill
    Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations
    614-293-3737
    Eileen.Scahill@osumc.edu



Tags: Cancer; James Cancer Hospital; OSU Medical Center; Researchers

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