RP’s Dr. Irene Su has been awarded a grant that will bolster her efforts to improve the reproductive health of young female cancer survivors. As an associate professor at UC San Diego, Dr. Su works with young cancer patients from across the county whose fertility is threatened by the effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

The grant comes from the Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research. It’s a Community Engagement Initiative (CEI) grant, which is designed to support women’s health among the region’s under-served. The award provides up to $15,000 for pilot research projects. Dr. Su hopes to develop and test a web-based survivorship care plan to improve reproductive health issues such as fertility and pregnancy for adolescents and young adult women who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Dr. Su is the first researcher from UC San Diego to receive the award.

The grant is unusual in that it partners academic researchers with community organizations to tackle women’s health issues. Dr. Su will team up with the non-profit Stupid Cancer and other UC San Diego cancer researchers for the project.

For more information about the Howell Foundation, visit www.howellfoundation.org.