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Posted on Fri, Aug 3, 2012 : 5:56 a.m.

$4 million in Susan G. Komen grants to fund breast cancer research at U-M

By Amy Biolchini

A new wave of grant funding from Susan G. Komen for the Cure will bring $4 million to researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Overall, the organization is distributing $58 million worth of 154 grants for breast cancer research across 22 states and seven countries in 2012. That's down from 2011's allocations, in which the organization gave out $66 million in research grants.

At U-M, Dr. Max Wicha will receive the majority of the research dollars in $3.5 million for his work focused on targeting stem cells in triple-negative breast cancer in different racial populations.


Max Wicha

Courtesy of U-M

Other recipients are Dr. Yongchao Zhao, who received $179,996, for targeted breast cancer therapy research. U-M Komen scholars Dr. Daniel Hayes and Dr. Lori Pierce each received $250,000 to further their studies.

Wicha received the same amount from Susan G. Komen for the Cure in 2011 for his work, although the total amount given to U-M researchers from the organization is down by about $1 million from 2011 to 2012.

The mid-Michigan chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure will be hosting its third annual Ride for the Cure event Saturday in Ann Arbor.

Riders pledge to raise $500 to benefit the mid-Michigan chapter of the organization, and pick from a 30, 60 or 100-mile route.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.


Michigan Man

Sat, Aug 4, 2012 : 2:14 a.m.

I would hope and expect U of M to return the money to the Komen Foundation since it is obvious U of M does not share the same values as the Komen group.


Fri, Aug 3, 2012 : 11:37 a.m.

This is a press release coordinated to the race. Grant was awarded 10 ago.


Sun, Aug 5, 2012 : 11:13 a.m.

Months ago...


Sun, Aug 5, 2012 : 11:10 a.m.

10 moths ago...


Fri, Aug 3, 2012 : 11:17 a.m.

While I am happy for our U of M researchers, I wouldn't give a nickel to Komen.


Fri, Aug 3, 2012 : 6:35 p.m.

Well said. Komen has a lot of making up to do. I'm greatly worried that they were so easily induced to further someone else's political agenda.