May 17, 2013

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), today announced that it is funding two more Young Investigators (YIs) in China to lead innovative research projects within the country and expand PCF’s global knowledge exchange on game-changing research in prostate cancer. PCF now funds four Young Investigators in China. The first two YIs in China were announced in 2012.

The PCF China Young Investigator Awards provide a three-year grant of $37,500 per year. In total, the Prostate Cancer Foundation has funded 120 Young Investigator Awards, in nine countries.

As China’s cancer rate rises, health officials are investing in cancer research across the country and forging international relationships with preeminent research entities such as PCF.
While cancer rates in the United States are falling, they are rising in China with a death rate from cancer that is far higher — about 2.5 million people yearly, compared with the 580,350 cancer deaths projected for the United States this year.

The 2013 PCF China Young Investigator Award recipients are sponsored in honor of Stanley Zax.  The 2013 Young Investigators are:

Hao Hu, MD, MBBSHao Hu, MD, MBBS
People’s Hospital, Peking University
Mentors: Kexin Xu, MD, MBBS and Xiaofeng Wang, MBBS

Dr. Hu’s research program will focus on the mechanisms of prostate cancer initiation and progression. He and his team have identified the protein EMI1 (Early Mitotic Inhibitor 1) as playing a crucial role in disease development and progression by interacting with the androgen receptor, the primary driver of prostate cancer. His team will study the role of EMI1 on the progression of prostate cancer to disease that is resistant to treatment. Inactivation of EMI1 may be a therapeutic strategy against the development and progression of treatment- resistant prostate cancer.

Lu Yang, MDLu Yang, MD
West China Hospital, Sichuan University
Mentors: Qiang Wei, MD and Tianyong Fan, MD

Growing evidence points to a link between inflammation and the initiation of prostate cancer. It is also linked to the progression of prostate cancer to being resistant to treatment. Dr. Yang and his team will conduct four Phase 1 clinical studies to investigate the effects of anti-inflammatory agents such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like aspirin, on prostate tumor initiation and progression. His team will also outline the precise molecular mechanism behind the effects of anti-inflammatory agents on preventing disease progression.

For a full list of 2013 Young Investigator award recipients, visit: www.pcf.org/young-investigators/2013.

PCF China’s two new Young Investigators will be honored at an awards ceremony and dinner this Saturday evening, May 18, following the Second Annual PCF China Scientific Symposium. The dinner is being held at the Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou from 6:30-9:00 pm. Both the Symposium and awards ceremony are by invitation only. Members of the press who are interested in attending these events should contact Quingan Zhou (qzhou@pcf.org).

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation in China

PCF China, an initiative of the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) identifies, funds, and promotes innovative research projects within China to end death and suffering from prostate cancer. Via partnerships with established Chinese institutions, PCF China energizes and builds the prostate cancer research enterprise in China as well as encourages sustainable global collaboration through the worldwide PCF Knowledge Exchange.

Since PCF China’s inception in August 2011, it has connected with more than 120 senior researchers and 30 institutions in China. In March 2012, PCF co-hosted the 1st Annual PCF China Scientific Symposium with the Chinese Urological Association (CUA). In June 2012, PCF co-organized the 6th Annual Forum of Prostate Disease with the Shanghai Medical Association (SMA), Shanghai Urological Society of SMA, and the Shanghai Changhai Hospital. More information about PCF China can be found at www.pcfchina.org.

About the Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization funding and accelerating research. Founded in 1993, PCF has raised more than $530 million and provided funding to over 1,600 research projects at nearly 200 institutions in 16 countries around the world. PCF advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more efficient investment of governmental research funds supporting transformational cancer research. Our efforts have helped produce a 20-fold increase in U.S. government funding for prostate cancer. More information about PCF can be found at www.pcf.org.