Movember-Distinguished Gentleman's Ride-PCF Challenge Awards
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Movember-Distinguished Gentleman's Ride-PCF Challenge Awards
Movember-Distinguished Gentleman's Ride-PCF Challenge Awards
27 November 2020

2020 Movember-Distinguished Gentleman's Ride-PCF Challenge Award Winners

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Two innovative new approaches to treating advanced prostate cancer are to be fast-tracked, thanks to Movember and The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride funding. This new research brings us closer to a world where no man dies from prostate cancer.

Movember is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Movember-Distinguished Gentleman's Ride-PCF Challenge Awards, along with our partners at The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride and the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF).

The awards, which total $2million, are granted to teams at some of the world’s leading cancer research institutions to support pioneering research in the field of prostate cancer research.

Of the funds raised, $792,000 was raised from the Movember US campaign and $477,000 came from The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride 2019, the world’s largest annual charity motorcycle event which takes place in over 700 cities around the world.

The two teams who received funding this year are led by Professor Arul Chinnaiyan of the University of Michigan and Professor Phuoc T. Tran of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Professor Chinnaiyan’s team have identified a promising new drug therapy that works by destroying a protein that drives a type of prostate cancer, which has become resistant to standard treatments. In this project, they will study how the new treatment works and test it in early clinical trials.

Professor Tran’s team will look at how a highly focused form of radiation therapy, called stereotactic ablative radiation (SABR), works when combined with other radioactive treatments in men with oligometastatic (cancer that has just begun to spread outside the prostate).

“Since our first-ever fundraising event, The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride and its community have raised funds and awareness for prostate cancer. These Challenge Awards will help recipients investigate ways to reduce the impact of prostate cancer, and we couldn't be prouder to be able to fund them in collaboration with Movember and the Prostate Cancer Foundation. Every step counts toward finding innovative ways to overcome prostate cancer,” said Mark Hawwa, Founder of The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride.

“Movember is pleased to be supporting high caliber research teams led by Professor Chinnaiyan and Professor Tran,” said Paul Villanti, Executive Director of Movember and PCF Board Member. “We look forward to seeing the results from their research projects, which we believe have great potential to lead to new breakthroughs in reducing the number of men who die from prostate cancer.”