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UNC Lineberger researcher and postdoctoral fellow Kirsten Bryant, PhD, has been awarded a prestigious grant by the American Association for Cancer Research and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Kirsten Bryant, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow at UNC Lineberger.

Kirsten Bryant, PhD, was named a recipient of a 2015 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pathway to Leadership Grant. The grant amount totals up to $600,000, and is for up to five years. They are designed to support the future leadership of pancreatic cancer research by funding outstanding early-career investigators in a postdoctoral, mentored research position and continuing through successful transition to independence.

“By recruiting the brightest scientists with the most novel ideas, we continue to build a broad research community,” said Julie Fleshman, JD, MBA, president and CEO of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, in a news release. “These award recipients are poised to make significant scientific and clinical discoveries to the field, and we look forward to tracking their progress.”

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR joint Research Grants Program was introduced in 2003 and has since awarded over $30 million to support promising scientists and accelerate pancreatic cancer research.

Grant recipients are selected through a competitive peer-review process, and grantees receive professional support as part of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s Community for Progress in conjunction with their funding.

Bryant works in the lab of Channing Der, PhD, a UNC Lineberger member and a Kenan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Pharmacology.