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Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition Awards $1,000 Research Travel Grant to Local Student

Date: November 21, 2016

Beth Krallis, Communications Director
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.
302-778-1102 ext. 1014
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WILMINGTON, DE (November 21, 2016) — The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to award third year Ph.D. University of Delaware student, Sangjucta Barkataki, with its first research travel grant of $1,000. The funds will supplement the cost of conference fees, travel, and lodging to allow her to attend the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium in December to showcase her research on the effects of local and radiation enhanced TGFβ on the invasive nature of Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) cells.

Sangjucta Barkataki, along with her supervisor Kenneth L. van Golen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Delaware were presented with the research travel grant on Friday, November 18 at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition headquarters in Wilmington. Members of the research committee were present to meet Barkataki and get to know more about her 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 and third year PhD students 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 such as the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Conference, or the American Association for Cancer Research. Typical expenses that may be paid from these grants include conference fees, travel, and lodging.

“I am honored to be the recipient of the first DBCC Research Travel Grant,” said Barkataki. “The funds will help me further my research in San Antonio at the Symposium and I am looking forward to that opportunity. I also feel privileged to have heard the stories of survivorship from the DBCC staff and volunteer board members. Their struggles motivate me to continue with my research to help improve those lives of women impacted by this terrible disease.”

“To be able to share that the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is directly funding breast cancer research is a dream come true for me,” said Nanci Mayer-Mihalski, DBCC Research Grant Committee Chair and breast cancer survivor. “While I’ve been involved with the organization, we have taken many incremental steps to encourage participation in clinical trials and to educate survivors to become patient advocates in research. But funding a student’s participation in a national meeting brings so much excitement to our community. The research being done in our backyard (at places like the University of Delaware) should inspire everyone and with partnerships like this, we can work together to fight for an end to this disease.”


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 mission 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