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Last Updated: 10/22/2018

DCTD’s Translational Research Program Announces Fiscal Year 2018 SPORE Grantees

The Translational Research Program (TRP) announced its successfully competed FY2018 Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPORE) grantees. The SPORE program uses the P50 and U54 grant funding mechanisms to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary, translational cancer multi-project research. SPOREs are primarily focused on organ site disease, but also on themes that cut across organ sites. Including the 2018 grantees, there are now 54 SPOREs located at academic centers in 22 states.

FY 2018 SPORE Grantees

Principal Investigator Institution Type of Cancer
*Mitchel Berger, MD University of California, San Francisco Brain
Dean Bajorin, MD and David Solit, MD Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Prostate
*Mark Bosenberg, MD, PhD and Harriet Kluger, MD Yale University Skin
*Stephen Forman, MD and Larry Kwak, MD, PhD City of Hope Lymphoma
*Hagop Kantarjian, MD and Jean-Pierre Issa, MD University of Texas MD Anderson Leukemia
Maciej Lesniak, MD Northwestern University Brain
*Dan Link, MD Washington University, St. Louis Leukemia
Mark McNiven, PhD and Lewis Roberts, MB, ChB, PhD Mayo Clinic Hepatobiliary
*Peter Nelson, MD Fred Hutchinson Prostate
*Charles Perou, PhD and Shelley Earp, MD University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Breast
le-Ming Shih, MD, PhD Johns Hopkins University Ovarian

*Grant Renewal

The goals of the SPORE program include:

  • Translating novel scientific discoveries from the laboratory and/or population studies to the clinic for testing in humans with cancer or at risk for cancer
  • Determining the biological basis for clinical observations
  • Using specimens from clinical studies to determine correlations between biomarkers and outcomes in patients
  • Promoting collaborations between SPOREs, Cancer Centers, other NCI/NIH funded mechanisms and programs, and outside organizations
  • Promoting pilot projects and career enhancement of researchers new to translational research
  • Supporting research in high incidence and rare cancers
  • Encouraging communication with advocates and advocate organizations to obtain advice from the patient perspective

Contact TRP staff for more information on the SPORE program.