Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance

  1. The Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Investigators in Cancer Research provides New York area-based early career scientists the freedom to take risks and pursue their boldest research at a stage when traditional funding is lacking. Prize winners each receive $200,000 a year for three years. At least six grants are awarded annually.

    The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance (PSSCRA) is dedicated to accelerating cures for cancer by advancing the pursuit of innovative cancer research and by facilitating collaborations between the science and business communities. PSSCRA seeks to guide philanthropic funds to feed critical scientific discoveries, attracting like-minded investors to the cause of fighting cancer and creating a pipeline for early-stage biomedical investments.

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  2. Britta Will, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine / Montefiore Medical Center: Dr. Will examines the role of iron homeostasis regulatory pathways in defective blood stem cells, called leukemic stem cells (LSC). She hypothesizes that LSC are negatively affected by the limited availability of cellular iron, which could provide new avenues for cancer therapy and detection.

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  3. Andrea Schietinger, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: The laboratory of Dr. Schietinger is looking to decode and reprogram cancer-specific T cells for immunotherapy. The goal of the project is to understand how DNA remodeling prevents T cells from finding and destroying cancer cells, and how this process can be prevented or reversed.

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  4. Shixin Liu, PhD, The Rockefeller University: Dr. Liu is working to understand how specific gene mutations in particular histones and histone-modifying enzymes cause undesirable epigenetic changes that can lead to a variety of diseases, including cancer. Using cutting-edge biophysical tools, he will record the individual activity of these molecules, which will add a new dimension to our understanding of the relationship between chromatin regulation and cancer biology.

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  5. Lydia Finley, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: Dr. Finley focuses on pediatric cancer and how cancer cell metabolism affects pediatric malignancies. Through her work, she hopes to find potentially targetable vulnerabilities in pediatric sarcomas by studying the metabolic pathways that sustain their growth and progression.

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Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance

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The Pershing Square Sohn Cancer Research Alliance is dedicated to pursuing breakthroughs in curing cancer by advancing the most innovative cancer research and by facilitating collaborations between the science and business communities.

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