Chainbreaker Grants Awarded for Cancer Research

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

The Masonic Cancer Center, a Consortium member, has announced its first Chainbreaker Breakthrough Cancer Research Grant, which was awarded to a multidisciplinary group of scholars at the University of Minnesota. The team will focus on the connections between microorganisms and cancer, as both potential causes of and treatments for the disease, and will be co-led by Timothy K. Starr, PhD, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, and Alexander Khoruts, MD, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. The funds for the grant were derived from last year's inaugural Chainbreaker Ride, a two-day bike tour that raised $1.4 million for cancer research. This year's ride begins on Aug. 10, and will include more than 1000 riders who will pedal distances ranging from 25 to 180 miles. Can't ride? You can still help as a "virtual rider" who works to raise funds or serve as a volunteer; learn more here