Stand Up To Cancer Research Teams

The Stand Up To Cancer Research Teams represent a new, focused effort to affect advances in cancer research as rapidly as possible through the creation of collaborative, international translational cancer research “Teams”. These teams are typically smaller than the SU2C Dream Teams, but have the same overarching goal of pursuing the most promising research, accelerating the discovery of new therapies for cancer patients and/or advancing efforts in cancer prevention research.

On Aug. 2, 2012, SU2C announced the first team to receive a Translational Cancer Research Grant in collaboration with the Dutch Cancer Society (DCS). The grant is supported with money raised in connection with a November 2010 Dutch version of the Stand Up To Cancer televised fundraising event, Sta Op Tegen Kanker, which was broadcasted in the Netherlands under the auspices of the DCS. The Sta Op Tegen Kanker International Translational Cancer Research Team includes researchers from the three largest cancer centers in the Netherlands: the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Erasmus MC, and UMC Utrecht. Funding of  €1.2 million will support the team over a four-year period.

On April 7, 2014, SU2C announced a second team to receive a Translational Cancer Research Grant, this time in collaboration with the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. The SU2C-Farrah Fawcett Foundation Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Translational Research Team will receive $1.2 million in funding over three years for a project that will focus on patients with HPV-driven cancers (including anal, cervical, and head and neck cancers).

2017 Research Teams

SU2C-Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Interception Translational Research Team: Developing Novel Approaches to Treat and Evaluate Early Pancreatic Cancer

Leader: David P. Ryan, MD,  Massachusetts General Hospital
Co-leader: Alec C. Kimmelman, MD, PhD, New York University Langone Health
Grant Term: January 2018 - December 2021 Total Funding: $2.6 million

SU2C-LUNGevity-American Lung Association Lung Cancer Interception Research Team: Blood-Based Early Interception of Lung Cancer

Leader:  Lecia V. Sequist, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Co-leader:  Maximilian Diehn, MD, PhD, Stanford University
Grant Term: December 2017 - November 2018 Total Funding: $2 million

SU2C-Lustgarten Foundation Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell (CAR T) Research Team: Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cell Therapy for Pancreatic Cancer

Leader: Carl H. June, MD, University of Pennsylvania
Co-leader: Shelley L. Berger, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Co-leader: John Wherry, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Grant Term: April 2017 - March 2018 Total Funding: $2 million

2014 Research Team 

SU2C-Farrah Fawcett Foundation Translational Team: Therapeutic CD8 Vaccines Against Conserved E7 HPV Epitopes Identified by MS

Leader: Ellis L. Reinherz, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Co-leader: Robert I. Haddad, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Grant Term: July 2014 – June 2017 Total Funding: $1.2 million

2013 Research Team

SU2C-Dutch Cancer Society International Team: Prospective Use of DNA-guided Personalized Cancer Treatment

Leader:  Emile E. Voest, MD, PhD, University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands [Current institution: The Netherlands Cancer Institute]
Co-leader: René Bernards, PhD, The Netherlands Cancer Institute
Grant Term: April 2014 – March 2018 Total Funding: €1.2 million

Contact Information

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Updated: May 2018