Sanford Burnham Prebys researchers awarded 2020 Padres Pedal the Cause grants

| Written by Susan Gammon
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We are pleased to announce that Padres Pedal the Cause (PPTC) has awarded three collaborative research grants to Sanford Burnham Prebys, Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health and the Salk Institute. Funding for the research comes from the record setting $3.1 million raised in the 2019 event and brings the lifetime raise for PPTC to over $13 million.

PPTC’s goal is to leverage the strengths of San Diego—home to three nationally recognized NIH cancer institutions and a renowned pediatric hospital. Each grant unites scientists at beneficiary institutions and aims to advance research toward developing therapies to attack and cure cancer.

Congratulations to the recipients!

  • Robert Wechsler-Reya, Ph.D., (SBP) and John Crawford, M.D., (Moores Cancer Center/Rady Children’s) will work on a new approach to treat medulloblastoma—the most common malignant brain tumor in children.
  • Garth Powis, D. Phil., (SBP) Pradipta Ghosh, M.D., (Moores Cancer Center) and Michael Bouvet, M.D., (Moores Cancer Center) are joining forces to find medical treatments for gastric cancer—a disease for which no therapy exists. 
  • Nicholas Cosford, Ph.D., (SBP) Hatim Husain, M.D., (Moores Cancer Center) and Reuben Shaw, Ph.D., (Salk Institute) will perform a first-of-its-kind study for lung cancer—the number one cause of cancer-related deaths per year.

The PPTC event featured multiple cycling courses, a 5K run or walk, spin classes and kid-friendly activities. The number of participants reached an all-time high of nearly 3,000 in 2019.

Congratulations to everyone who worked, played and cycled their way to success!

Read the full list of 2020 grants funded by Padres Pedal the Cause.

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