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Mayo Clinic Cancer Center announces 2017 Eagles 5th District Cancer Telethon – Cancer Research Fund Awards

The Mayo Clinic Cancer Center announced the 2017 Eagles 5th District Cancer Telethon – Cancer Research Fund Awards. The fund provided about $680,000 this year, enabling the Cancer Center to provide five fellowship awards, five pilot project awards for new investigators and two pilot project awards for established investigators.

2017 fellowship awardees


Laura Evgin, Ph.D.

Laura Evgin, Ph.D. (MMED ’17): “Developing Oncoloytic Virus Specific EGFRvIII CAR T cells for Solid Tumor Therapy”


Yanina Natanzon, Ph.D.


Yanina Natanzon, Ph.D. (HSR ’17): “High-grade Serious Ovarian Cancer: Understanding Risk by Integrating Tumor Biology, Genetics and Epidemiology”

Ameet Mishra, Ph.D. (HEMO ’17): “Functional Analysis of DDX3X Mutation: Implications in CLL Disease Progression”


Ameet Mishra, Ph.D.



Kay Pepin, Ph.D.

Kay Pepin Ph.D. (BME ’15): “Assessment of Tissue Mechanical Properties as a Biomarker of Prostate Cancer Using MR Elastography and Slip Interface Imaging”

2017 pilot project awardees


Andrea Wahner Hendrickson, M.D.

Andrea Wahner Hendrickson, M.D. (I ’08, CI ’10, HEMO ’12): “Integrated Transcriptomics and Phosphoproteomics to Elucidate MTH1 Inhibitor Mechanisms of Cytotoxicity and Resistance in Epithelial Ovarian Cancer”

Gita Thanarajasingam, M.D. (MED ’08, HEMO ’15, HEMA ’16, HEMO ’16): “The Impact of Toxicity Over Time (ToxT): Application of  novel, Longitudinal Adverse Event Analysis to Hematologic Malignancy Clinical Trials”


Gita Thanarajasingam, M.D.



Jennifer Le-Rademacher, Ph.D. (HSR ’17): “Improving Practices and Processes in Assigning Adverse Event Attribution in Cancer Clinical Trials”


Jennifer Le-Rademacher, Ph.D.



Mei-Yin Polley, Ph.D.

Mei-Yin Polley, Ph.D. (HSR ’16): “Novel Statistical Methods for Biomarker Research in Cancer Clinical Trials”


Raj Kannan, Ph.D.

Raj Kannan, Ph.D. (LABM ’16): Development of a Platform to Test Proliferative and Early Chemopreventive Responses in Oncogenic BRCA (1mut/+)/Breast Tissues”

2017 pilot project awardees


John Hawse, Ph.D.

John Hawse, Ph.D. (BIOC ’06): Implementation of a CRISPR Based Screen for the Identification of Novel Therapeutic Targets for the Treatment of Endocrine Resistant Breast Cancer”

Wilson Gonsalves, M.D. (HEMO ’14, HEMA ’15): “Evaluating Glutamine Metabolism in the Pathogenesis of Multiple Myeloma”


Wilson Gonsalves, M.D.


The Eagles Cancer Telethon benefits cancer research at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Hormel Institute for Cancer Research and University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center. Each year hundreds of Eagles and community members volunteer thousands of hours to organize events all over southern Minnesota and northern Iowa – folk music festivals held on family farms, beanbag tournaments, ice golfing, wild game feeds and personal chef auctions. These innovative fundraisers engage the community in fun events that are focused on helping to fight cancer.

The Eagles have supported Mayo Clinic Cancer Center for more than four decades, making it the longest record of continuous philanthropy in Mayo Clinic’s history. The annual telethon is held in Rochester, Minnesota, and broadcast regionally – a fixture in southeastern Minnesota since 1955. Also donated during the telethon is the money raised from the regional community events.

Eagles grants are awarded to Mayo cancer researchers on a competitive, committee-reviewed basis to nurture novel ideas and young investigators who have the potential to directly benefit patients.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles is an international fraternal nonprofit organization.

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