Conquer Cancer Foundation Awards $4.45 Million To More Than 50 Leading Investigators To Support Promising Oncology Research Careers

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female researcher bwTODAY the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) announces the more than 50 recipients of its 2013 Young Investigator Awards (YIA), Career Development Awards (CDA), and Advanced Clinical Research Award (ACRA) in Breast Cancer.

Also of significance is the endowment of three newly created YIAs by generous Foundation supporters. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is endowing a YIA in memory of Evelyn H. Lauder, the organization’s visionary founder who brought breast cancer to the forefront of public awareness.  In addition, the endowment of a YIA in memory of John R. Durant, MD, past president of ASCO and its first-ever executive vice president, is being supported by Celgene, and a third award is being supported through The Sally Gordon YIA Endowment Fund. Among the topics being studied by the 2013 YIA, CDA and ACRA grantees are obesity, inflammation and breast cancer progression; emotional well-being after adolescent or young adult cancer; novel biomarkers in pediatric sarcoma; and multiplex genetic testing for breast cancer susceptibility. The recipients will be presented with these awards at the 2013 ASCO Annual Meeting May 31 – June 4 in Chicago.

“For 30 years the Conquer Cancer Foundation has proudly supported the careers of bright young investigators conducting high quality research, such as that being conducted by this year’s award recipients,” said W. Charles Penley, MD, FASCO, Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. “These eager and ambitious researchers will continue to fuel the progress we are making against cancer, now and into the future.”

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards Program through which the Foundation has been advancing cancer research and care worldwide. The Foundation has supported the careers of young researchers and practice changing clinical and translational research since awarding its first YIA in 1984. With the awarding of the 2013 class of recipients, the Foundation will have distributed $83 million in research grants to more than 1,000 researchers around the world ($30 million through the YIA program alone) in the last three decades…Read more



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