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Projects Receive Brody Brothers Grants

By Doug Boyd

Research projects led by faculty at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, including one that exposes medical students to a summer of investigation, have received grants totaling $291,606 from the Brody Brothers Foundation Endowment Fund.

The grants were made possible through the income from an endowment established at the ECU Medical & Health Sciences Foundation by the Brody Brothers Foundation. The following researchers received grants in September:

• Drs. Joseph Chalovich and Mechthild Schroeter of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology received $33,000 for cancer research.

• Dr. Roberta Johnke of the Department of Radiation Oncology received $10,000 for photodynamic therapy and radiation therapy research.

• Dr. James McCubrey of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Drs. Suzanne Russo and Roger Ove of the Department of Radiation Oncology received $43,000 for cancer research.

• Drs. Justin Moore, Stephanie Jilcott and Lloyd Novick of the Department of Public Health and Dr. Suzanne Lazorick of the Department of Pediatrics received $21,500 for obesity research.

• Dr. Jacques Robidoux of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology received $34,906 to study adipose tissue turnover.

• Dr. Claudio Sibata of the Department of Radiation Oncology received $10,000 for photodynamic therapy research.

• Dr. Li Yang of the Department of Internal Medicine received $43,200 for cancer research.

• The Summer Scholars Student Research Program at the Brody School of Medicine received a total of $24,000 to support research stipends.

The Brody Brothers Endowment Fund awarded its first grants in 2005. These grants bring the four-year total awarded to more than $921,000, and they have generated nearly $1 million in external funding.

The Brody Brothers Foundation Endowment Fund was established in 1999 when the Brody family donated $7 million to fund research projects at the medical school for cancer, diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular disease and other prevalent health problems in eastern North Carolina.

10/28/08
This page originally appeared in the Nov. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at http://www.ecu.edu/news/poe/Arch.cfm.