Local cancer award given to Janai Carr-Ascher to advance soft tissue sarcoma research

Researcher Janai Carr-Ascher has been selected by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center as a recipient of the Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award 2021. She will receive $30,000 to support her research on soft tissue sarcoma.

Janai Carr-Ascher is the recipient of the Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award 2021.

Soft tissue sarcomas are an aggressive type of tumor that can be found in any part of the body and often spreads quickly. Carr-Ascher is a UC Davis Health medical oncologist focused on understanding how soft tissue sarcomas form, why they become resistant to treatments, and how the tumors spread to the lungs.

“I am so honored to be selected this year as a recipient of the Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award,” said Carr-Ascher. “The prize will help us create new models for studying sarcomas and testing new therapies. Our goal is to generate these new research tools that can be used both here at UC Davis and shared with other researchers.”

Fundraising for the Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award

Together with the Amador Cancer Research Foundation, the Landgraf family continues to raise money for their donation with other dedicated individuals in Amador County. Their goal is to advance the innovative work of junior researchers at the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

The original donation was established in 1973 in memory of Christine Landgraf who died of cancer, and was a patient of oncologist Fred Meyers, who now heads the cancer center’s Office of Education, Training and Career Development. The memorial fund provides an annual grant to a junior faculty member of the cancer center who is engaged in research related to the treatment of malignant diseases and fundamental research into underlying causes.

The Spaghetti Western is turning into a drive-through event this year

In previous years, award winners were invited to participate in and speak at The Spaghetti Western, an annual fundraising event at Cooper Vineyards and sponsored by the Amador Cancer Research Foundation. This year’s in-person event was canceled due to the pandemic and turned into a drive-through dinner. When the event resumes next year, Carr-Ascher will be invited to speak.

Spaghetti Western drive-through dinners for two can be ordered through June 16 at 5 PM and a virtual live auction will be held on Saturday June 19 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. For more information, visit thespaghettiwestern.org.

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. The specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care to more than 15,000 adults and children each year and have access to more than 150 active clinical trials at any time. The innovative research program includes more than 225 UC Davis scientists working together to advance the discovery of new tools for cancer diagnosis and treatment. Patients have access to advanced care, including immunotherapy and other targeted treatments. The Office of Community Outreach and Engagement addresses the disparities in cancer outcomes across populations, and the cancer center provides comprehensive education and staffing programs for the next generation of clinicians and scientists. For more information, visit cancer.ucdavis.edu.

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