The Susan G. Komen organization announced Wednesday it will fund $600,000 in grants for breast-cancer research at two Washington institutions.
The funding will go toward investigating inherited breast cancer, novel therapies and disease recurrence by searchers at the University of Washington and the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center. The grants are three of more than 50 awarded to breast-cancer researchers nationwide.
At the University of Washington, $200,000 will go toward continued funding of Komen Scholar Dr. Julie Gralow to explore whether there are features found on breast cancer cells at the time of diagnosis that may make the cancer cells more likely to spread to the bone and other sites.
Her team will also test whether a class of drugs that inhibit bone breakdown may decrease breast-cancer recurrence.
Another $200,000 will go to funding of Komen Scholar Dr. Mary-Claire King to screen for mutations in the non-coding regions of breast-cancer genes that may regulate when and where those genes are activated. The research could potentially identify novel mutations and new mechanisms for inherited breast cancer.
At Fred Hutchinson, $200,000 in continued funding will go to Komen Scholar Dr. Benjamin Anderson to continue his professional work in addressing breast-cancer disparities around the world.
Komen Puget Sound contributed $389,273 to this year’s research grants program.
“We’re very proud that the funds we’ve raised here in Puget Sound are not only providing real-time help to our neighbors, but coming back to our universities and hospitals for research that can save lives,” Komen Puget Sound Executive Director David Richart said in a news release.
Since 1994, Komen Puget Sound has provided $28.6 million to community programs, while contributing $9.5 to Komen research.