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SU2C Breast Cancer Dream Team:
An Integrated Approach to Targeting Breast Cancer Molecular Subtypes and Their Resistance Phenotypes

Grant Term: October 2009−September 2014

The SU2C Breast Cancer Dream Team addressed the most significant issues related to the three major subtypes of breast cancer—ER positive, HER2 positive, and triple negative. It used its findings to develop innovative and less toxic therapies with the potential to improve the treatment outcomes for women with this disease.


Researchers have come to understand that breast cancer is not a single disease but rather a spectrum of conditions that vary in their biology and response to treatment. The SU2C Breast Cancer Dream Team focused on three major subtypes of breast cancer—ER positive, HER2 positive, and triple negative (that is, simultaneously ER negative, PR negative, and HER2 negative)—with the hope of developing novel therapies for women with this disease.

Over time, cancer cells can develop ways of “outsmarting” the drugs and agents designed to kill them, a phenomenon known as drug resistance. This Dream Team studied the driving mechanisms that lead to drug resistance and the role that cancer stem cells play in resistance.

The team gathered the vast amount of information that exists about breast cancer into an integrated database to form a “discovery platform”—a basis for identifying and validating new drug combinations and targets that can be pursued in clinical trials.


The top scientists and researchers on the SU2C Breast Cancer Dream Team come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, which leads them to great insights upon collaboration. Learn more about the SU2C Breast Cancer Dream Team.

Dream Team Members

Dennis J. Slamon, MD, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles

Joe W. Gray, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University

Alan Ashworth, FRS, PhD
Institute of Cancer Research
Principal Investigator

Joan S. Brugge, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Principal Investigator

Arul M. Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD
University of Michigan
Principal Investigator

Gregory J. Hannon, PhD
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Principal Investigator

David Haussler, PhD
University of California at Santa Cruz
Principal Investigator

V. Craig Jordan, OBE, PhD, DSc
Vincent T. Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, Georgetown University
Principal Investigator

C. Kent Osborne, MD
Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center and Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, Baylor College of Medicine
Principal Investigator

Peter K. Sorger, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Principal Investigator

Terry P. Speed, PhD
University of California at Berkeley
Principal Investigator

Zena Werb, PhD
Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California at San Francisco
Principal Investigator

Max S. Wicha, MD
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Principal Investigator

Janice Barlow

Cindy Geoghegan

Ellen L. Stovall

Fran M. Visco

“What keeps me going is that this is an illness that affects many, many, many people, and my goal in life, along with all of my colleagues, is to turn it from a disease of great concern to a disease that can be readily controlled or even cured so that individuals can go on to live out the rest of their lives.”

Joe W. Gray, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University


Stand Up To Cancer’s research projects are designed to foster collaborative, swift translational research. The hallmarks of these efforts include rigorous application and selection procedures, sufficient funding to allow scientists to focus on the objectives of the grant, and reviews by senior scientists every six months. These reviews help the investigators capitalize on the latest findings, address potential roadblocks, and collaboratively evolve as the science requires. Please click below to see summaries of research results so far for the SU2C Breast Cancer Dream Team.



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