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Fox Chase faculty receive grants for cancer research, education


 

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,

Eric D. Tetzlaff

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, Mr. Tetzlaff 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.

Dr. Jaye Gardiner postdoc researcher at Fox Chase

Dr. Jaye Gardiner

Jaye Gardiner, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in the Edna Cukierman laboratory at Fox Chase, has received a $163,500 grant from the American Cancer Society. With this grant, Dr. Gardiner 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.

Dr. Dietmar J. Kappes a professor of blood cell development and cancer and director of the Transgenic Mouse Facility at Fox Chase,

Dr. Dietmar J. Kappes

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, Dr. Kappes 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.

Evelyn González senior director of the Fox Chase’s Office of Community Outreac

Evelyn González

Evelyn González, senior director of the Fox Chase’s Office of Community Outreach, and Shannon Lynch, PhD, who is with the Cancer Prevention and Control program, have received a 2-year grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services.

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. Dr. Lynch will find these at-risk communities, and the Office of Community Outreach will work with partner groups in those areas to provide bilingual education about hepatitis and how it relates to liver cancer.

Dr. Shannon Lynch an assistant professor in the Cancer Prevention and Control program

Dr. Shannon Lynch

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