Developmental Research Program

Program Directors:

Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD
Marci Lee Nilsen, PhD, RN
Heath D. Skinner, MD, PhD

By combining SPORE and institutional funds, the SPORE’s Developmental Research Program funds up to four projects per year, including at least one led by an under-represented minority (URM) awardee each year. The program’s new two-tiered review process ensures that the projects have high potential for generating data to support a new SPORE or R01-equivalent project, are appropriately powered to achieve their stated aims, and are appropriately budgeted. Each of the three Career Enhancement Program Co-Directors represents a different discipline of importance to head and neck cancer research.