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Mesothelioma Advocate Participates in DoD Cancer Research Peer-Review
Date:12/31/2013

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) December 31, 2013

Mesothelioma cancer advocate and activist, Rich Mosca, recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) sponsored by the Department of Defense. Mr. Mosca was nominated for participation in the program by the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. As a consumer reviewer, he was a full voting member, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to help determine how the $15 million appropriated by Congress for Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) will be spent on future research for eight specific cancers: blood, colorectal, kidney, and pancreatic cancer; melanoma and other skin cancers; mesothelioma, neuroblastoma, and pediatric brain tumors.

Consumer reviewers are asked to represent the collective view of individuals living with these cancers, family members, and those who may be affected in the future, when they prepare comments on the impact of the research on issues such as prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life after diagnosis.

The Meso Foundation was instrumental in making mesothelioma an eligible topic within the DoD’s research programs. The first ever DoD research grant for mesothelioma was awarded in 2008 and amounted to $1.3 million. A total of $8.8 million has been awarded to mesothelioma research through the Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program and the Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program, both divisions of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, which is administered by the Department of Defense.

To date, the Meso Foundation has nominated four consumer reviewers who have served as voting members on the DoD panels.

Colonel Wanda L. Salzer, M.D., Director of the Congressionally Directed Medical Researc
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