Faculty Awarded STOP CANCER Grants

From left: USC School of Pharmacy assistant professors Yong (Tiger) Zhang, Houda Alachkar and Jiangming Xie.

Three USC School of Pharmacy faculty members were awarded grants at the STOP CANCER 26th Annual Educational Forum and Research Awards Dinner on Jan. 22, at UCLA Luskin Conference Center.

Yong (Tiger) Zhang, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, was awarded the STOP CANCER Research Career Development Award of $150,000.

Houda Alachkar, PhD, assistant professor of clinical pharmacy, was awarded the STOP CANCER Member Seed Grant of $25,000 and Jianming Xie, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and pharmaceutical sciences, was awarded the Chang & Dodd Family Memorial Seed Grant of $25,000.

STOP CANCER grants are given to the most promising scientists at UCLA’s Jonsson, USC Norris, and City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Centers.  Awardees are selected each year based on nominations from each cancer center’s internal peer review recommendations.

Each STOP CANCER Research Career Development Award of $150,000 provides three years of research support  while a STOP CANCER Seed Grant of $25,000 provides one year of support. In addition to these grants, the prospective Comprehensive Cancer Centers match the amount with in-kind funds and support in the form of space, equipment, secretarial and administrative support, telephones, laboratory supplies, underlying salary support and other services and interactions between faculty and awardees. With this matching support, an RCDA is valued at over $300,000 and a Seed Grant is valued at $50,000.