Sean Patrick Multidisciplinary Collaborative Grant
This annual award has provided for a cross-disciplinary project that is collaborative in nature with two (or more) scientists with different yet complementary skills; synergistically addressing the ovarian cancer problem.
Sean Patrick, for whom this grant was named, was a champion for innovative ovarian cancer research. She was frustrated by the disproportionate amount of government funds that went to other cancers and that the traditional chemo therapies had not changed the prognosis of ovarian cancer in decades. To change this convention, she founded the HERA Ovarian Cancer Foundation whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness. Sean believed that the therapies with the most potential would be formulated by combining great ideas from different labs and possibly different fields. This grant is in honor of her vision and aims to give scientists the opportunity to put their heads together and test ideas that may not be funded by other agencies.