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Lung Cancer Foundation of America Gives the Gift of Life This Holiday Season: Announces Inaugural $125,000 Scientific Research Grant
Date:12/22/2009

or molecular analysis of bio-specimens (blood, tissue, urine, etc.) collected as part of medium to large clinical trials. The focus will be on molecular features of tumors of patients, which will help in the selection of patients in need of therapy, and selection of optimal therapies for this subset of patients. The objectives of this RFP are to foster collaboration and interaction between basic researchers and clinical investigators to perform clinical translational research on promising predictive and prognostic markers. These studies should focus on clinical correlative or mechanistic studies that will be useful for cancer risk assessment, early detection, prognosis, and predicting response to therapy. Applications are due January 31, 2010. Applicants should be faculty members in the first 5 years of their faculty appointment, and need to explicitly define a senior mentor and mentoring plan as part of the proposal.

“I am proud to announce our new collaboration with LCFA providing a $125,000 grant opportunity for innovative lung cancer research,” said Paul Bunn, Executive Director of IASLC. “It is true that lung cancer research funding is not sufficient to cover the opportunities available nor to advance the field at the rate patients need. By working together we can indeed make an impact.”

LCFA is one of only a handful of private foundations devoted to the research of early detection and treatment of lung cancer. People assume that lung cancer research is well-funded – what they don’t realize is that most funding is earmarked for tobacco cessation and prevention programs, as well as other programs unrelated to lung cancer, and very little public and private funds actually go toward lung cancer research. As of 2006, there were less than 30 lung cancer specific foundations providing lung cancer research grants, all of which combined did not give more than $5 million dollars in grant money. At the same
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