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Friday, April 27, 2012

Rivkin Center awards grant for cognitive study


Heidi Gray, MD

University of Washington

Behavioral and neural indices of cognitive rehabilitation in ovarian cancer
Millions of ovarian cancer survivors live with residual symptoms of impaired thinking and impaired memory severe enough to interfere with basic activities of daily living and work. However, very little is known about how to treat problems in cognition. Pharmacologic interventions have only been modestly helpful, if at all, and not all patients desire or are able to take medications. Dr. Gray will examine the ability of a 7-week cognitive rehabilitation intervention to improve memory and thinking abilities in ovarian cancer survivors. In addition, the project will measure changes in brain activity patterns from the treatment using neuroimaging.

Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research | supporting research in honor of our wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters
The Rivkin Center is delighted to announce the recipients of its 2012 Scientific Grants. With another record-breaking year in grant funding, the Rivkin Center has awarded over $1 million in research grants to better understand and combat ovarian cancer. This year 3 Scientific Scholar Awards and 10 Pilot Study Awards were conferred in addition to funding for the second year of the two-year Challenge Grant.
one-year award of $60,000, our Scientific Scholar Award is intended to assist promising young laboratory and clinical scientists in pursuing a career in ovarian cancer research. For more about our Scientific Scholars and their funded projects, click here.
Christina Gewinner, PhD
Anne Noonan, MB BCh BAOBrigitte Theriault, PhD
  2012 Skacel Family Scholar
  2012 Gilman Family Scholar 
  University Health Network    
xUniversity College London  National Cancer Institute
one-year award of $75,000, our Pilot Study Program will support investigator-initiated pilot projects in all areas of ovarian cancer research. For more about our Pilot Study Awardees and their funded projects, click here.
Matjaz Barboric, PhD
Lavakumar Karyampudi, PhD
  University of Helsinki  Mayo Clinic 
Heather Cunliffe, PhDIlona Kryczek, PhD
  Translational Genomics Research Institute  University of Michigan
Tyler Curiel, MD, MPHFang-Tsyr Lin, MD, PhD
  Univ. of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio  Baylor College of Medicine
Heidi Gray, MDMeera Nanjundan, BSc, PhD
  University of Washington  University of South Florida 
Shelley Hooks, PhDJeremy Stark, PhD
  University of Georgia  Beckman Research Inst. of the City of Hope
The 2011 Scientific Challenge Grant, a two-year, $150,000 research grant focuses on the origins of ovarian cancer with the goal of accelerating the early detection of ovarian cancer. For more about our Scientific Challenge Grant, click here.
David Bowtell, PhD
  2011-2013 Lester and Bernice Smith Fellow
  Peter MacCallum Cancer Center


  1. Dr. Gray is my doc! I hope you don't mind that I share this post on FB. I really wish you cod come to the Gilda's Club group!

  2. Hi Nicole,
    She is also my amazing doctor. Yay for her. Hope you are well and happy. Peace, Denise

  3. My cancer treatment center doctor likes this so much! Grateful that you have shared this.


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