Researcher awarded Rita Allen Foundation Scholarship

July 2, 2008 — Ian Davis, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of pediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine and a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been selected as one of seven national 2008 Rita Allen Foundation Scholars.

The three-year, $150,000 grant will support his research into childhood cancer.

The molecular switches that control which genes are turned on and off are frequently altered in several childhood solid tumors and leukemias. Davis’ lab aims to understand how these molecular switches differ from their normal counterparts and hopes to capitalize on these differences to develop new therapies for such cancers.

The Princeton, N.J.-based Rita Allen Foundation established the scholars program to advance medical research. It has supported more than 80 scientists over the past 30 years.

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