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Developmental Research Program

Co-Director(s): Gary L. Clayman, D.D.S., M.D.; Scott M. Lippman, M.D.

A major goal of this SPORE, and more specifically this program, is to identify and fund projects that will lead to clinically testable hypotheses aimed at reducing the incidence and mortality rate of head and neck cancer or improving the quality of life of patients with head and neck cancers. The Developmental Research Program (DRP) has continued to support new, novel research in head and neck cancer and has the following specific aims:

  1. Solicit pilot projects in head and neck cancer translational research that have significant potential for reducing the incidence and mortality rate of head and neck cancer and/or improving the quality of life of patients with head and neck cancers.

  2. Foster collaborative efforts among SPORE investigators and with other investigators to encourage the development of new and innovative ideas and approaches.

  3. Encourage and assist young investigators with promising preliminary data developed with support of this Program to apply for extramural peer-reviewed funding.

  4. When necessary or possible, promote the most promising projects in the Developmental Research Program to full SPORE research projects.

The projects funded through the Developmental Research Program are diverse but share common themes related to their translational potential in head and neck cancers. We have also initiated a new collaboration with a program funded by an institutional U54 grant (Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research), with the Puerto Rico Cancer Center at the University of Puerto Rico to enhance our outreach in soliciting novel developmental projects from qualified candidates, particularly women and minority investigators.


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