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2021 MOCA Research Awards Program

Tuesday, May 11

Watch our virtual 2021 Research Awards Program, available now!

MOCA is providing an additional $500,000 for Minnesota-based ovarian cancer research projects this spring, bringing our total amount of research funding to more than $9 million.

Congratulations to our May 2021 Research Award recipients!

John Hawse, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic, “Interrogating JAK/STAT signaling as an oncogenic driver and therapeutic target in ovarian cancer,” $100,000 for one year

Emil Lou, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, “Targeting channels of ovarian tumor cell communication,” $100,000 for one year

Zhenkun Lou, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic, “Sensitizing Ovarian Cancer Cells to PARP Inhibitor by LRRK2 Inhibition,” $100,000 for one year

Amy Skubitz, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, “The first step toward a self-sampling at-home test for ovarian cancer: Detection of ovarian cancer biomarker proteins in cervical swabs,” $100,000 for one year

Tim Starr, Ph.D., University of Minnesota and Beau Webber, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, “Gene-edited tumor infiltrating lymphocytes for ovarian cancer immunotherapy,” $100,000 for one year

Watch our program below to hear directly from our 2021 Research Award recipients! 

Donate to MOCA’s ovarian cancer research during our #SpringForwardMN campaign, May 1-11.


Tuesday, May 11