Shannon Gallagher-Colombo, PhD

Shannon Gallagher-Colombo, PhD, is a program administrator in scientific review and grants administration at the AACR. She provides scientific support to the AACR’s non-SU2C grants portfolio, including scientific review of grantee progress, interacting with grantees and funders to address areas of need, and providing additional scientific expertise as needed. Prior to joining the AACR, Gallagher-Colombo was a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Pennsylvania, where she was involved in basic, preclinical, and clinical research investigating the use of photodynamic therapy as a treatment option for solid malignancies. Her research efforts focused on determining the influence of cell signaling on photodynamic therapy efficacy, and the use of molecular targeting agents in combination with photodynamic therapy to improve therapeutic outcomes. Gallagher-Colombo currently resides in Philadelphia.

NextGen Grant Recipient Harnesses the Power of Genomics to Understand Pediatric Brain Cancer

Paul Northcott, PhD, inaugural recipient of the AACR NextGen Grant for Transformative Cancer Research, has dedicated his research career to understanding a type of brain cancer called medulloblastoma, with the ultimate goal of improving treatment and prognosis for patients.

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Taking a Local Approach to Cancer Research

When considering the most common types of cancer, gastric cancer (cancer of the stomach) is rarely discussed. It occurs at a higher frequency in specific populations, such as Alaska Native people, in whom gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death.

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Turning a Diagnosis into a Dream for a Cure

After being diagnosed with stage 4 stomach cancer, Debbie Zelman, Esq., started Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) to fund critical biomedical research focused on the disease. In 2014, DDF became a valued partner of the AACR, supporting the very first Debbie’s Dream Foundation-AACR Gastric Cancer Research Fellowship.

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