SBP researchers awarded Padres Pedal the Cause collaborative grants

Written by 
Susan Gammon
Pedal the Cause grants

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Research (SBP) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded five collaborative grants with the Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health. The collaborative research projects are focused on cancers including B-cell lymphomas, colorectal cancer, pancreatic cancer and breast cancer. The awards are part of the $750,000 being distributed from proceeds raised by the 2016 cycling event.

“I am proud of our scientists and our partnership with Padres Pedal the Cause,” says Garth Powis, D. Phil., director of SBP’s NCI-designated Cancer Center. “Since its inception, Pedal the Cause has focused on creating a community event that engages cyclists and volunteers to raise money to advance innovative cancer research. We look forward to using these grants to make advances in our labs that will hopefully impact the health of cancer patients now and in the future.”

In November 2016, more than 1,500 riders, hundreds of volunteers, donors and sponsors took part in the cycling event. SBP was pleased to host water station for riders during the event, and many riders even stopped to take fun photos in front of our SBP bright orange backdrop.

SBP’s funded projects are listed below:

"Oncogenic Regulation of B-Lymphomagenesis by the Chromatin Modulator DOT1L”
Bing Ren, PhD (Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health) Aniruddha Deshpande, PhD (Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center)

“Decoding Colon Cancers Using Boolean Principles”
Pradipta Ghosh, MD (Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health) Debashis Sahoo, PhD (Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health), Manuel Perucho, PhD (Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center)

“An Over-Expressed GPCR in Pancreatic Cancer Associated Fibroblasts as a Novel Therapeutic Target”
Paul Insel, MD (Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health) Kristiina Vuori, MD, PhD (Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center)

“Identification of Genes Critical for the Production of T-cells from Human Pluripotent Stem Cells for Development of “Off-the-Shelf” T-cells Immunotherapies”
Dan S. Kaufman, MD, PhD (Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health) Sumit K. Chanda, PhD (Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center)

“Targeting Cellular Mechanotransduction in Breast Cancer Metastasis”
Jing Yang, PhD (Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health) Elena Pasquale, PhD (Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center)

The fifth annual Padres Pedal the Cause event takes place November 11-12, 2017, at Petco Park and will feature courses of various distances for all skill levels, a stationary bike zone, virtual riding, a children’s ride as well as numerous volunteer opportunities for all those who want to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

Registration for the 2017 event is open. New this year, Padres Pedal is only the second cycling event to ride over the Coronado Bay Bridge.

For more information and registration please visit 

Join us on this year's ride as a rider or volunteer. We'd love to have you on the team! Register today: Team SBP – Sanford Burnham Prebys