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2013-15 Rancic-O'Neill Fellow named
May 20, 2013

The laboratory of Dr. Richard Childs at the National Institutes of Health, in conjunction with the Dean R. O'Neill Renal Cell Cancer Research Fund and Dr. Edward T. Rancic Memorial Fund for Cancer Research, have awarded the 2nd Rancic-O'Neill Research Fellowship to Claire Scrivani. Ms. Scrivani will work in the lab for two years on a project involving the characterization of a novel endogenous virus expressed in renal cancer carcinoma cells recently identified by members of Childs' Lab. Her work will focus on developing methods to target the immune system against this virus, with the ultimate goal of developing a cancer vaccine that could be used to induce regression of kidney cancer in patients with advanced metastatic disease.

Since 2003, the Dean R. O'Neill Renal Cell Cancer Research Fund has sponsored a dedicated research program at NIH to explore new and existing treatments, such as allogeneic stem cell transplantation, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, vaccine therapy, and drug treatments. In 2005, the Fund launched the first post-doctoral fellowship, the Dean R. O'Neill Renal Cell Cancer Research Fellow. In 2009, the O'Neill family and laboratory of Dr. Richard Childs partnered with the family of Dr. Ed Rancic to further promote renal cell cancer research, as featured in the Style Network's TV show Giuliana & Bill. In 2011, they partnered again to launch the Rancic-O'Neill Renal Cell Cancer Research Fellowship, featured again in the Giuliana & Bill show's 4th season. Today, these two fellowship programs at the National Institutes of Health are making great strides in the search for a cure to renal cell cancer.




The Dean R. O'Neill Renal Cell Cancer Research Fund is a donor-advised program under the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), which is an established 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. To make a tax-deductible contribution, you may use the FNIH online donation form or download the donation form and mail a check to:

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