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Professors Receive Grants Through Statewide Refunds for Breast Cancer Research Campaign

March 4, 2015

The Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) recently awarded two Drexel University College of Medicine researchers grants from its statewide Refunds for Breast Cancer Research campaign. Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, professor in the Departments of Pharmacology & Physiology and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, and Mauricio Reginato, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, each received a $50,000 award for their breast cancer research.

PBCC is honoring Reginato for his research in triple negative breast cancer. “My sister-in-law died from breast cancer at age 37, leaving behind two small children,” said Reginato. “As cancer researchers, these are the stories we want to eliminate. This program not only funds cutting-edge cancer research but also provides hope for patients who are dealing with this terrible disease.”

Fatatis won his grant for his research in cancer development. “It is virtually impossible for any Pennsylvania resident not to be affected by the impact exerted by breast and cervical cancer on family, workplace and human society at large,” said Fatatis.

More than $3 million has been donated to the Refunds for Research campaign, which allows Pennsylvania taxpayers to donate their state tax refunds directly to this important work. More than 80 Refunds for Research grants have been awarded to Pennsylvania scientists looking for the cause of and cure for breast cancer. All Pennsylvania residents can contribute to the PBCC’s Refunds for Breast Cancer Research fund through the PA-40 income tax form by choosing code “A” on line 32.

Professors Awarded Refunds for Breast Cancer Research Grants

(L to R) Pat Halpin-Murphy, president and founder, PA Breast Cancer Coalition; Mauricio Reginato, PhD, associate professor; Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, professor; and Kenny Simansky, PhD, vice dean for research.

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