Cancer research team led by Johns Hopkins scientist shortlisted for £20M award
An international team led by Johns Hopkins University researcher Rong Li, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of cell biology and chemical and biomolecular engineering, has been selected as one of 10 finalists in the second round of Cancer Research UK’s Grand Challenge, a series of £20 million awards seeking international, multidisciplinary teams willing to take on the toughest challenges in cancer.
More than 130 multidisciplinary teams submitted ideas, each addressing one of eight global challenges in cancer research. Li and the other finalists will receive £30,000 in seed money to start working on their innovative solutions to these Grand Challenges.
“This award is intended to transform the cancer research field,” says Rick Klausner, chair of the Grand Challenge Scientific Advisory Panel. “These proposals will drive global collaboration and the bringing together of diverse expertise in a way that is not already happening.”
Li, who also has an appointment in JHU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering and directs the Center for Cell Dynamics, studies large-scale genomic defects, such as the gain or loss of chromosomes, associated with many cancers.
As part of the Cancer Causes Grand Challenge, Li will lead a team of biomedical engineers, geneticists, and cancer biologists from across the U.S. and the U.K. to explore the link between inflammation and these genomic abnormalities in cancer.