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17 December 2007
Emory Winship Researcher Receives Grant from Pardee Foundation
Adam Marcus, PhD, assistant professor of hematology and oncology and director of the cell imaging and microscopy facility at the Emory Winship Cancer Institute has received an $85,291 grant from the Elsa U. Pardee Foundation for his research on non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).

Dr. Marcus' research focuses on the aggressive metastatic characteristics of NSCLC and on the tumor suppressor protein LKB1, which may regulate how cancer cells move. Researchers have found that proteins that control cancer cell movement also help promote metastasis.

This is the second year in a row Emory has earned a grant from the Pardee Foundation. Hyunsuk Shim, PhD, assistant professor in the Emory School of Medicine department of radiology, received a grant last year for her work on decreasing breast cancer recurrence by targeting a protein called CXCR4.

The Elsa U. Pardee Foundation was established in 1944 by Mrs. Elsa Pardee, who died in 1944. In her will, Mrs. Pardee provided a $1 million trust fund for "the promotion of the control and cure of cancer." She directed that these grants be used to support cancer research. Since 1944, this family-run foundation has given more than $103 million in grants to support research programs directed toward discovering new approaches for cancer treatment and cure and to provide financial support for patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.

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