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DBCC Awards $1,000 Research Travel Grant to UD PhD Student

Date: November 16, 2017

Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
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WILMINGTON, DE (November 16, 2017) — The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc. (DBCC) is pleased to award Postdoctoral Researcher, Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware student, Shantanu Pradhan, Ph.D., with its second research travel grant of $1,000. The funds will supplement the cost of conference fees, travel, and lodging to allow him to attend the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Annual Meeting in December to showcase his research on three-dimensional modeling of breast tumor dormancy within tunable PEG-based hydrogels.

Shantanu Pradhan, Ph.D., along with his academic advisor, John H. Slater, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Delaware, were presented with the research travel grant on Monday, November 13 at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition headquarters in Wilmington. Members of the research committee were present to meet Dr. Pradhan and get to know more about his studies and interest in breast cancer research. The DBCC Research Committee members are Connie Holdridge, Cathy Holloway, Marilyn Hyte, Nanci Mayer-Mihalski (Chair), Linda Powell, Jennifer Sims-Mourtada, Ph.D., Kenneth L. van Golen, Ph.D., Lois Wilkinson, and Wilma Yu.

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition announced the organization’s first financial investment in funding local research in the fight against breast cancer in December 2015. Second year Masters Students, third year PhD students, and postdoctoral researchers attending a Delaware university were eligible to apply for the grant to attend an academic conference related to breast cancer. To be considered, the student must have had a paper or poster accepted at a national meeting. Typical expenses that may be paid from these grants include conference fees, travel, and lodging. In return, research travel grant students commit to presenting at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Breast Cancer Update in April 2018 in Dover, Delaware.

“I am very grateful to DBCC for considering my application for the travel award and for highlighting the significance of my research in the broader context of translating our basic research towards improved patient outcomes and creating general awareness,” said Dr.  Pradhan, grant recipient. “My sincerest gratitude to my mentor, Dr. John Slater, my fantastic lab mates and the Department of Biomedical Engineering for the help, advice and financial support through my research period at University of Delaware. I hope that our research in the Slater lab would eventually provide detailed insights into progression of metastatic breast cancer and tumor dormancy and would eventually be translated into improved and targeted anti-cancer therapeutics.”

“The research being done in Delaware provides so much excitement to our breast cancer survivor community,” said Nanci Mayer-Mihalski, chair of the research committee and breast cancer survivor. “We hope the work Shantanu is involved in, along with the larger breast cancer research in Dr. Slater’s lab, will provide answers to basic questions regarding tumor dormancy, metastasis, triple negative breast cancer, and further clinical translational research. DBCC is proud to play a small role in connecting the researchers to the patients, and helping to share the work being done in the lab with our larger community.”

2018 Research Travel grant opportunities will be available on the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s website in spring 2018. The annual deadline to apply is rolling as funds are available and conference deadlines vary. For more information contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 302.778.1102 x 1014.


About DBCC

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its vision is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.

Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes and those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care. 

DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition and their research efforts by helping to facilitate participation in local clinical trials. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.

For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at