Lung Cancer Research Foundation Hosts Lung Cancer Awareness Lunch

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Patrick McMullan/PMC
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On Monday, October 17, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF) announced the awardees of its 2016 Scientific Grant Program at the Eleventh Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Luncheon. The event was held at the posh Pierre Hotel, where guests got to drink, dine and connect with other people committed to the cause of lung cancer research.

In another record-breaking year, LCRF awarded $2.2 million in research grants to 15 researchers as part of the LCRF scientific research grant program, an annual program that funds projects across the spectrum of basic, clinical and translational lung cancer research.

“We again received a record number of applications for this year’s grant program and are extremely impressed by the work these researchers are doing in field of lung cancer research,” said Nancy Sanford, executive director, LCRF. “Lung cancer is currently the number one cancer killer worldwide. We are hopeful this research will help lead to further advancements in the field.”

This year, LCRF awarded their annual Scientific Merit Award to Nadya Dimitrova, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology at Yale University. Dimitrova’s research project is titled Making first strides towards elucidating the importance of long noncoding RNAs in lung cancer. The recipient of the Scientific Merit Award is selected based upon outstanding overall merit by LCRF’s Scientific Advisory Board.

“I am deeply grateful for the generous support from LCRF, which allows us to focus on new and previously unappreciated facets of lung cancer biology,” said Dimitrova. “I am hopeful that our innovative approaches will lay the foundation for the development of new and efficient strategies to control cancer.”

Chad Pecot, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina received the William Rippe Award for Distinguished Research in Lung Cancer. His research project is titled Targeting the immune system to block the spread of lung squamous cancers.

“As a cancer survivor, the fight against cancer is a deeply personal issue for me. I am very honored to receive support from LCRF, and I am especially grateful to receive an award in honor of the late William Rippe, ” said Pecot. “With this support, I am even more inspired to make substantial contributions to this field.”

This year, LCRF received a record 180 grant applications from investigators representing 120 institutions and 20 countries. In addition to Dimitrova, the other recipients of the award this year include Yasir Elamin, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Giuseppe Giaccone, MD, PhD, Georgetown University, Benjamin Lok, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Rossella Marullo, MD, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, Hiromitsu Nakauchi, MD, PhD, Stanford University, Matthew Oser, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Edwin Ostrin, MD, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Chad Pecot, MD, University of North Carolina, Dan Raz, MD, MAS, City of Hope Cancer Center, Rachid Skouta, PhD, University of Texas at El Paso, Joshua Veatch, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Ralph Weichselbaum, MD, The University of Chicago, Wen Xue, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School and David Yu, MD, PhD, Emory University.

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