September 19, 2008
In General

The NephCure Foundation has named Anna Greka, MD, PhD, of MGH Nephrology, a recipient of its Young Investigator Grant. Worth $100,000 annually for three years, the grant supports basic science research initiatives aimed at identifying the cause, treatments and potential cures for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and nephrotic syndrome. Greka plans to study how changes in kidney cell calcium signaling may lead to destruction of the kidney filter, thus leading to syndromes such as FSGS.

Three MGH scientists have been honored by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to identifying and supporting extraordinary young scientists conducting innovative cancer research. Sarah K. Bowman, PhD; and Carolyn M. Phillips, PhD, have been named recipients of the Damon Runyon Fellowship and will receive three years of funding for their work in basic and translational cancer research. Bowman is sponsored by Robert E. Kingston, PhD, chief of MGH Molecular Biology, and Phillips is sponsored by Gary Ruvkun, of MGH Molecular Biology. Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH, has been selected as a Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator and will receive $450,000 over three years for patient-oriented cancer research. Chan is mentored by Ralph Weissleder, MD, PhD, of the MGH Center for Molecular Imaging Research and Charles S. Fuchs, MD, MPH, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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