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American Cancer Society Seeks Volunteers to Help Decide Who Gets Research Grants
Date:11/12/2007

ATLANTA, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Cancer Society is looking for individuals with or without formal science training who have a strong personal interest in the battle against cancer to serve on peer review committees to help decide which researchers should be funded by the organization's research and training grants. These "stakeholders" have often had an intimate experience with the disease, such as having had a family member with cancer, having been a cancer caregiver, or even having had a personal battle with cancer.

"Stakeholders bring a unique perspective to the American Cancer Society's peer review committees," said Elmer E. Huerta, M.D., M.P.H., the Society's national volunteer president. "They bring the passion of personal experience to the process of evaluating the relevance of grant applications to cancer control, and help make sure our stringent research grant review process reflects many points of view."

Stakeholders are recruited from around the U.S. to be trained and assigned to one or more of the approximately 20 peer review committees in the Society's Extramural Grants Division, charged with reviewing grant applications. In addition to stakeholders, each committee includes five to 20 researchers, clinicians, and other experts. Together, their role is to identify the most outstanding applications for funding.

Since its inception in 1946, the American Cancer Society's Research and Training Program has funded about $3.1 billion in cancer research and health professional training. As the largest source of non-federal funding of cancer research in the United States, the Society funds approximately $120 million in grants annually. This program has led to critical progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and can count 42 Nobel Laureates among those it has funded.

The Society's stakeholders' program ensures that every research proposal submitted is reviewed not only by scientists, but b
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