|Yoon Receives Young Investigator Award|
July 13, 2011
Karina Yoon, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and associate scientist in the Cancer Cell Biology Program of Cancer Center, has recently been awarded a $40,000 Young Investigator Grant from the Young Supporters Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Neuroblastoma is one of the most common cancers in children usually occurring in infants and children under the age of five, with a survival rate of only 20-40 percent in children with high-risk metastatic neuroblastoma. Although current treatments can stabilize the disease temporarily, nearly all the children who relapse develop additional tumors and then do not respond to treatment. Yoon’s long-range goal is to design therapies that induce long-lasting rather than transient clinical responses.
“The Young Supporters Board is proud to fund the work of such talented cancer investigators as Dr. Yoon," said Sam Todd, president of the Young Supporters Board. "As young professionals ourselves, it is especially gratifying that we are able to support the work of young scientists who are just beginning their research careers. We believe that the Young Investigator Grants are critical to the future of cancer research.”
The Young Supporters Board of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center was established in 2006 to introduce the next generation of Alabamians to the importance of cancer research and awareness. The board is comprised of up-and-coming professionals between the ages of 22 and 35, all of whom have been touched by cancer in some way.