The Grants

About our Grants

Each year, multiple $50,000 grants are awarded by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund (CMBBCRF). All grants are provided specifically to researchers in Central New York and specifically for the purpose of breast cancer research.

Each $50,000 grant is named in honor of someone from Central New York who lost their fight against breast cancer. The purpose of the grants is to fund preliminary medical explorations to determine whether a particular breast cancer research theory has merit. Results from promising studies funded by the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund are used to apply for funding of large-scale research studies.

History of our Grants

All grants provided by Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY, Inc. (CMBBCRF) are provided specifically for researchers in Central New York and specifically for the purpose of breast cancer research. When Carol first started her fight against breast cancer, there were already a number of organizations dedicated to early detection, awareness, education, and funding for mammograms. As a result of these efforts, people are now finding breast cancer sooner. Although this was a step forward, Carol was troubled by the fact that just as many men and women are getting breast cancer today as in the 1970’s. She believes that it is important to get to the source of the problem and look for the cure and recognizes that finding a cure is impossible without research.

Each year, five grants in the amount of $50,000 are given to local breast cancer researchers. The money is to be used specifically for funding studies related to breast cancer research. No machinery, equipment, literature, etc. is funded by the grant. The design of the Grant is two part – an initial $25,000 is given to the researcher and, after a successful one-year review, a second $25,000 is provided to the researcher.

A team of local breast cancer doctors review all applications and determine which studies to fund each year. It is the hope of the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of CNY that results from promising studies will be used to apply for funding of large-scale research studies.

2014 Grants

Dedicated in Loving Memory Dawn Steber
The Function and a Possible Targeting of Bok in Breast Cancer Cells
Principal Investigator: Richard JH Wojcikiewicz, PhD
Department: Pharmacology

Dedicated in Loving Memory Jean Ellen Bounds
Immunity. Breast Cancer, and GAP Junctions
Principal Investigator: Steven M Taffet, PhD
Department: Microbiology and Immunology
Co-Investigators: Michael F. Princiotta

Dedicated in Loving Memory Kris Reid
Prevention of Metastases through Blockade of Formins
Principal Investigator: Scott D. Blystone, PhD
Department: Cell & Developmental Biology

Dedicated in Loving Memory Nancy Munro Chase
Characterization of a Mitochondrial Biomarker for Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: M. Saeed Sheikh, MD, PhD
Department: Pharmacology
Co-Investigators: Steve Landas, MD Department of Pathology

Dedicated in Loving Memory Stephanie Flick Jodway
Rescue of Mutant p53 in Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: Stewart N. Loh, PhD
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Co-Investigators: Darren Carpizo, M.D. Ph.D., F.A.C.S., Robert Wood Johnson
University Hospital, Cancer Institute of New Jersey

2013 Grants

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Susan Buckley
Prevention of Metastases through Blockade of Formins
Principal Investigator: Scott D. Blystone, PhD
Department: Cell & Developmental Biology

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Mary (Orlando) Cipollone
Rescue of Mutant p53 in Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: Stewart N. Loh, PhD
Department: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Co-Investigators: Darren Carpizo, M.D. Ph.D., F.A.C.S., Robert Wood Johnson
University Hospital, Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Jean Knight Tearney
The function and a possible targeting of Bok in breast cancer cells
Principal Investigator: Richard JH Wojcikiewicz, PhD
Department: Pharmacology

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Nancy Ann GianGreco
Characterization of a mitochondrial biomarker for breast cancer
Principal Investigator: M. Saeed Sheikh, MD, PhD
Department: Pharmacology
Co-Investigators: Steve Landas, MD Department of Pathology

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Amie Lynn Shaffer
Immunity. Breast Cancer, and GAP junctions
Principal Investigator: Steven M Taffet, PhD
Department: Microbiology and Immunology
Co-Investigators: Michael F. Princiotta

2012 Grants

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Jean Adele Aiello
Identification of New Combinatorial Drug Targets for Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: David Amberg, MD, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Co-Investigator: Saeed Sheikh, MD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Judy Ciciarelli
Translating to Clinical Practice: CT-based Fracture Risk Assessment in Metastatic Breast Cancer Lesions
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Mann, MD, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Co-Investigator: Tim Damron, MD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Kim Ball
A New Drug Delivery Method to Manage Metastatic Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: Satish Krishnamurthy, MD, Department of Neuro Surgery
Co-Investigator: Jing An, MD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Laura McCarthy Fried
Targeting SHIP1/2 in Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: William Kerr, MD, Department of Micro Biology and Immunology

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Victoria Mulligan
The Interaction Between Adducin and NHE1 in Breast Cancer Cells
Principal Investigator: Diana Gilligan, MD, Department of Medicine

2011 Grants

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Janice Ruth Levy Rothenberg
Targeted Inhibition of the EGFR and Her2 Oncogenes in Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: Dawn E. Post, PhD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Sisters Cynthia J. Schwenn Keelhar, Pamela J. Schwenn Davis, Nancy J. Schwenn Mack
Altered Skeletal Vascularity Following Radiation Therapy
Principal Investigator: Megan E. Oest, PhD
Targeted Inhibition of the EGFR and Her2 Oncogenes in Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: Dawn E. Post, PhD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Marsha Senn Bassi
Structural Studies of Signaling Pathways in Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: Edward Berry, PhD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Eleanor Sawmiller Schardt
Smart Nanocarriers for Targeted Breast Cancer Therapy
Principal Investigator: Juntao Luo, PhD
Co-Investigator: Ziwei Huang, PhD

2010 Grants

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Patricia Covey Bailey
Breast Tumor Interactions with Bone Marrow Stem Cells
Principal Investigator: Bryan S. Margulies, MS, PhD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Diane Vogler
Arctiin as a Novel Chemotherapeutics for Treatment of Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: Ying Huang, MD, PhD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Jannie M. Roehm
Development of CXCR4-targeted Metastasis Blockades for Human Breast Cancers
Principal Investigator: Jing An, MD, PhD
Co-Investigator: Ziwei Huang, PhD

2009 Grants

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Nancy Duffy
MR Diffusion-Weighted and parametric breast imaging combined with MR Spectroscopy and parametric PET/CT for enhanced breast cancer detection
Principal Investigator: Andrzej Krol, PhD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Elizabeth Departout
Rapid Predication of Bone Fracture Risk in Metastatic Breast Cancer Lesions
Principal Investigator: Kenneth A. Mann, PhD
Co-Investigators: Timothy A. Damron, MD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Linda Richardson
Abnormal Tropomyosis Protein Expression in Human Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: Bernard J. Poiesz, MD
Co-Investigator: Dipak Dube, PhD

2008 Grants

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Suzanne Richer
How Does the Combination of Radiation and Surgical Intervention for Metastatic Breast Cancer Affect Local Bone Health
Principal Investigator: Timothy A. Damron MD
Co-investigators: Kenneth Mann PhD and Joseph Spadaro PhD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Ann Heins
Spot Compression Elasto-mammography
Principal Investigator: Vinay Pai PhD
Co-investigators: Priya Bhandarkar MD; David Feiglin MD; Andrzej Krol PhD; Kent Ogeden PhD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Irma E. Wyse
A Possible Peptide-Based Therapy for Breast Cancer
Principal Investigator: Steven Taffet PhD

2007 Grants

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Mary Anne Desantis O’Brien
Targeting Multiple Cancer Cell Mechanisms Used to Escape Death
Principal Investigator: Sandra A. Hudson PhD
Co-investigators: Peter Hahn, PhD and Jeffrey Bogart, MD, Radiology Oncology

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Susan Tucker Strong
4D and Parametric Breast Imaging for Enhanced Breast Cancer Detection using PET/CT and MRI
Principal Investigator: Andrzej Krol, PhD
Co-Investigators: David Feiglin, MD; Kara Kort, MD; Michele Lisi, MD; Mary McGrath; MD, Robert Plouz-Snyder, PhD; Nikolaus M. Szevereny, PhD

Dedicated in Loving Memory of Louise Camilli Magnarelli
Predicting Bone Fracture in Metastatic Breast Cancer Lesions
Principal Investigator: Kenneth Mann PhD
Co-Investigators: Matthew J. Allen, PhD, Timothy A. Damron, MD