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Developmental Research Program

The Leukemia SPORE Developmental Research Program will be a source of seed funding to:

  • Encourage and explore innovative translational ideas focusing on leukemia
  • Encourage successful researchers working in other fields to focus their expertise toward the development of innovative translational projects in leukemia

The program will support projects with testable translational hypotheses that have foreseeable clinical relevance for therapy and prognosis of leukemia, and significant impact on changing therapy and prognosis in leukemia.

Project Selection

The identification and funding of new ideas will be through a peer-review mechanism. Announcements for developmental funding opportunities will be made twice each year. Up to four projects will be funded every year depending on the quality and relevance of the submitted proposals. The program will solicit and advertise for such proposals institutionally and from investigators outside the institution. Promising projects may be renewed, encouraged to obtain other peer-reviewed support, or expanded and approved as full SPORE projects to replace others that have been completed or judged not successful.

2014 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • Laurence Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Pediatrics
  • Larry Kwak, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Lymphoma/Myeloma
  • Xiaoping Sun, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Pathology

2013 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • Pratip Bhattacharya, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Experimental Diagnostic Imaging
  • Joya Chandra, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Pediatrics
  • Honami Naora, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Systems Biology

2012 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • Barbara Hoffman, Ph.D.
    Fels Institute
    Professor, Department of Biochemistry
  • Peter Ruvolo, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • James You, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Hematopathology

2011 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • George Calin, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Experimental Therapeutics
  • Lawrence Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Pediatrics
  • Marina Konopleva, M.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • James You, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Hematopathology

2010 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • Craig Jordan, M.D., Ph.D.
    University of Rochester
    Professor, Biomedical Genetics
  • George Calin, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Experimental Therapeutics
  • Lalitha Nagarajan Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Genetics
  • Steven Kornblau, M.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Leukemia

2009 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • Guillermo Garcia-Manero, M.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • Steven Kornblau, M.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Leukemia

2007-2008 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • Scott Evans, M.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine
  • Lalitha Nagarajan Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Genetics

2006 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • Dapeng Zhou, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Melanoma Med Oncology
  • Waldemar Priebe, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Experimental Therapeutics
  • Dan Jones, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Hematopathology
  • Seth Corey, M.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Pediatrics
  • George Rassidakis, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Hematopathology

2005 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • William G. Bornmann, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Experimental Diagnostic Imagining
  • Seth J. Corey, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Patient Care
  • Sharon R. Dent, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Dan Jones, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

2004 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • Wadih Arap, M.D., Ph.D. - Abstract (pdf)
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology
  • William G. Bornmann, Ph.D. - Abstract (pdf)
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Experimental Diagnostic Imaging
  • Sharon R. Dent, Ph.D., B.S. - Abstract (pdf)
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
  • Peng Huang, M.D., Ph.D. - Abstract (pdf)
    UT MD Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Pathology - Research

2003 Developmental Research Award Recipients

  • Wadih Arap, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology
  • Srdan Verstovsek, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • Nicholas Donato, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Department of Bioimmunotherapy - Research
  • Peng Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Pathology - Research

For more information regarding the Developmental Research Program contact:

Laura Sasse
Leukemia SPORE Grant Program Administrator
Phone: 713-745-2460
FAX: 713-792-4548
E-mail: Lsasse@mdanderson.org


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