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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.

This page originally appeared in the Nov. 3, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at