New Ovarian Cancer Dream Team to Research DNA Repair Therapies
By Sarah Ford on April 30, 2015
America's Charities members, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) have teamed up with Stand Up To Cancer and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC) to fund an Ovarian Cancer “Dream Team,” which will conduct a large-scale research project to help change the future of ovarian cancer. The project will be spearheaded by Alan D’Andrea, MD (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and Elizabeth Swisher, MD (University of Washington), who is a member of the OCRF Scientific Advisory Committee and also an OCRF grantee.
The SU2C-OCRF-OCNA-NOCC Ovarian Cancer Dream Team, which was announced on April 20, 2015, will focus on “DNA Repair Therapies for Ovarian Cancer,” building on recent advances that have identified DNA repair as a common weakness in ovarian cancer. Researchers will also explore the prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer by developing a web-based approach to genetic testing and counseling. Dream Team researchers hope to offer women identified as genetically high-risk a choice of surgical options, including one that removes the fallopian tubes but spares the ovaries. The Dream Team grant will provide funding over a three-year period, starting in July 2015.