Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute awards grants for 10 bladder cancer research projects

A study of obesity and related metabolic changes on bladder cancer incidence and deaths, and a plan to use stem cells to grow novel urinary tubes are among 10 research projects awarded funding by the Johns Hopkins Greenberg Bladder Cancer Institute.

The institute is a collaborative initiative of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, the Brady Urological Institute, the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the School of Medicine, aims to develop new clinical strategies for combating bladder cancer through intensive, collaborative and innovative research, awards grants of up to $50,000 each year to encourage young investigators to take on research that advances the science and treatment of bladder cancer and to leverage existing resources and expertise. The grants, renewable for up to three years, are awarded in the following areas: genetic and epigenetic approaches; immunotherapy; targeted therapies; patient care, prevention and screening; and pioneering studies. This is the second year of grant awards for the institute, which started in May 2014.

“I am really excited about the tremendous group of investigators that the institute will be funding,” says William B. Isaacs, Ph.D., a genitourinary cancer expert at the Johns Hopkins Brady Urologic Institute and Kimmel Cancer Center. “We have projects by outstanding and inspired new investigators, a very talented young epidemiologist, and perhaps the most seasoned bladder cancer investigator in the world, in addition to a prostate cancer molecular biologist who has been enticed to join the fight against bladder cancer. In addition, four of last year’s funded investigators will receive additional support for another year, as they were judged to be making excellent progress on their research projects. I am confident that this group of investigators will make major inroads in bladder cancer both in the short term and well into the future.”

The awardees include six new projects and four renewed projects. The new recipients and their projects are:

The awardees of renewed grants, and their projects, are:

Applications will be made available online this summer for the next round of funding, Isaacs says.