UAlbany Faculty Receive
Breast Cancer Research Awards
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (November 8, 2004) - Douglas S.
Conklin and Carolyn A. MacDonald, professors
at the University at Albany, have received awards
from the Department of Defense Breast Cancer
Research Program (DOD BCRP) for their novel
concepts in breast cancer research. The global
award competition offers hope that new research
may provide improved prevention, detection or
treatments for breast cancer.
Conklin, a professor of biomedical sciences,
won an Idea Award and will receive $448,442
for "Functional Genomic Analysis of Breast
Cancer Cell Tumorigenicity Using a Novel Gene
Silencing Resource." A researcher at UAlbany's
Ge*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics,
Conklin recently joined the University from
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on Long Island.
He received his Ph.D. from the University of
MacDonald, a physics professor, won a Concept
Award and will receive $104,988 for "Wide
Field Coherent Scatter Mammographic Imaging."
Among her areas of expertise are medical imaging,
materials science, x-ray optics and laser beam
processing of materials. A UAlbany faculty member
since 1986, she earned her Ph.D. from Harvard
The DOD BCRP was established in 1992 by the
Joint Appropriations Conference Committee, which
provided $25M for research on breast cancer
screening and diagnosis for military women and
family members. Since its inception, the BCRP
has funded research at universities, hospitals,
nonprofit and for-profit institutions, private
industry, and state and federal agencies. This
research is targeted toward the program's vision
to eradicate breast cancer.
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