Cancer center announces research seed grants

Four University of Iowa cancer researchers, three from the Carver College of Medicine and one from the College of Nursing, have each received a one-year, $30,000 American Cancer Society seed grant through the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Society at the UI.

The awards allow junior faculty members and independent research scientists to explore new ideas related to the cause, prevention, and treatment of cancer.

Anne Ersig, assistant professor, Parent Child Family Area, College of Nursing, will study factors contributing to low screening rates among people at increased risk for colorectal cancer.

Melissa Fath, assistant research scientist and adjunct assistant professor of radiation oncology, will study the potential of using a combination of a high-fat, low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet with vitamin C to enhance therapy for pancreatic cancer.

Ryan Flynn, clinical assistant professor of radiation oncology, will investigate the use of rotating-shield intensity modulated brachytherapy as a way to improve radiation therapy for cervical cancer.

Tina Tootle, assistant professor of anatomy and cell biology, will investigate how hormones called prostaglandins regulate a structural protein called Fascin that has been implicated in various cancers including breast and colon cancer.

Learn more about the cancer center at