Faculty members at Fox Chase Cancer Center have received grants to promote education about liver cancer, study pancreatic and breast cancer, and examine burnout among physician assistants (PAs).
Eric D. Tetzlaff, a PA at Fox Chase in Philadelphia, has received a 3-year grant from the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology. With this $15,000 grant,plans to conduct a longitudinal study that will explore burnout among PAs working in oncology.
The goals of his study are to “understand the impact of the attitudes of oncology PAs regarding teamwork, expectations for their professional role, type of collaborative practice, organizational context of the job environment, and moral distress, on burnout and career satisfaction,” according to Fox Chase.
Jaye Gardiner, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in theat Fox Chase, has received a $163,500 grant from the American Cancer Society. With this grant, will investigate the role of tumor stroma in pancreatic cancer.
Dr. Gardiner plans to explore how cancer-associated fibroblasts in the pancreatic stroma “communicate with one another and how this communication is altered in tumor-promoting versus tumor-restricting conditions,” according to Fox Chase.
Dietmar J. Kappes, PhD, a professor of blood cell development and cancer and director of the Transgenic Mouse Facility at Fox Chase, has received a 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health. With this $626,072 grant,will investigate the role of the transcription factor ThPOK in breast cancer.
Dr. Kappes and colleagues previously found a link between high cytoplasmic levels of ThPOK and poor outcomes in breast cancer. Now, Dr. Kappes plans to “further elucidate the role of ThPOK in breast cancer by combining novel animal models and molecular approaches,” according to Fox Chase.
The pair will use this $125,000 grant to provide liver cancer and hepatitis education to communities in the Philadelphia area with the greatest burden of liver cancer and related risk factors.
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