St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A Washington University doctor is one of 17 recipients nationwide of a prestigious two-year grant for cancer research.
Dr. Todd Fehniger, an oncologist and bone marrow transplant specialist at Siteman Cancer Center, was awarded a 2012 V Scholar Grant for his research on enhanced innate immunity to cancer, utilizing human memory-like NK cells. According to The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Fehniger's inclusion on this list signifies he's among the best and brightest cancer researchers across the country.
V Scholar Grants are funded by The V Foundation for Cancer Research, which was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano.
Valvano, the former head coach of the North Carolina State men's basketball team and one-time ESPN commentator, died in April 1993 following a year-long battle with cancer. The V Foundation for Cancer Research is providing a total of $3.4 million to the V Scholar recipients.
The foundation has funded more that $100 million in cancer research grants and provides scholars with the needed resources to advance cutting-edge research.
For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.