SCI Cancer Innovation Award

Congratulations to the projects selected for funding beginning September 2020

SCI Cancer Innovation Award

  • “Synergizing CAR-T Cell Therapy with Radiation for the Treatment of Brain Tumors.” Edward Graves, PhD
  • “Universal Sterilization of Blood Products through Next-Generation Ultra-High Dose Rate Linear Accelerator Irradiation.” Tho D. Pham, MD; Bill Loo, MD, PhD; Edward Graves, PhD; Sami Tantawi, PhD
  • “A New Mechanism for Checkpoint Inhibition.” Christopher Garcia, PhD
  • “Defining the Relationship Between Somatic Symptoms and Fear of Cancer Recurrence to Improve Health Outcomes for Young Female Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study.” Lidia Schapira, MD

SCI Pancreatic Cancer Innovation Award

  • “Investigation of the Epigenetic Enzyme NSD2 as a Therapeutic Target in Pancreatic Cancer.” OrGozani, MD, PhD
  • “Development of a More Effective KRAS-Based Vaccine for the Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer.” Albert J. Wong, MD
  • “Pancreatic Cancer Treatment by Disrupting Total EGFR Signaling Through AGR2 Inhibition.” Anson Lowe, MD
  • “Evaluating Treatment Trends, Care Fragmentation and Outcomes for Pancreatic Cancer in California.” Brendan C. Visser, MD

Stanford Women’s Cancer Center Innovation Award

  • "Identification of Critical Drivers in High Risk of Relapse Estrogen Receptor-Positive Patient-Derived Breast Cancer Organoids Using CRISPRi/a Screens" Christina Curtis, PhD; Michael Bassik, PhD
  • "Development of a Multi-omic Liquid Biopsy Assay for the Pre-operative Diagnosis of Uterine SmoothMuscle Tumors.” Matt van de Rijn, MD, PhD
  • “Tubal Origin of High-Grade Serous Carcinoma: A Closer Look at Early Events in Pathogenesis.” Brooke Howitt, MD

SCI Nodal Grant Award

  • “Integrated Sensor and Omics Monitoring to Evaluate CAR-T Adverse Events.” Surbhi Sidana, MD
  • “Elucidating Autoimmunityin Patients with Thymic Epithelial Tumors.” Sukhmani Padda, MD; Kenneth Weinberg, MD; Joseph P. Shrager, MD; William Robinson, MD, PhD
  • “Expanding the Reach of the Stanford Brain Metastases Consortium: Deep Profiling of Brain Metastases through Multiplexed Analysis and Multi-PI Collaborations.” Melanie Hayden Gephart, MD


SCI Innovation Awards celebrate the dedication of some of Stanford’s most innovative thinkers.  By supporting the novel ideas and groundbreaking work of the awardees, either as individual or group awards, the SCI enhances investigator potential to find solutions that will alter the future of cancer research and patient care.  Since 2006, the SCI has provided over $13M in research related award funding.

Proposal Submission Deadline: November 2, 2020