Rein in Sarcoma announced significant new research grants totaling $65,000 at our recent Fall Fundraiser. For the second year, RIS awarded grants to researchers at Mayo Clinic and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. We also announced multi-year support for a SARC SPORE grant proposal. The evening included a new commitment to increase sarcoma research funding at the University of Minnesota to $150,000 in 2019.
Upon the review and recommendation of the Rein in Sarcoma Research Committee, chaired by Dr. John L. Seymour, to the Board of Directors, RIS committed a $30,000 grant to Mayo Clinic for: “Pilot Study of Circulating Cell Free Tumor DNA as a Biomarker in Sarcoma” with Principal Investigator: Brittany L. Siontis, MD – Senior Associate Consultant, Department of Medical Oncology, and Co-investigator Steven Robinson, MBBS, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology.
In addition, Rein in Sarcoma awarded Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota a $15,000 research grant for: “Identifying Gene Fusions in Pleuropulmonary Blastoma”, with Principal Investigator: Kris Ann Schultz, MD Pediatric Oncologist; Co- investigator D. Ashley Hill, MD.