Press Release: Foundation for Women’s Cancer Announces 2011-2012 Research Grant Awardees

Chicago, IL – April 12, 2012 - The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2011-2012 Research Grants and Prizes. These awards were presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology 43rd Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Austin, TX in late March.

Florence and Marshall Schwid Ovarian Cancer Research Grant
Petar Jelinic, PhD, Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research

Caring Together, NY Ovarian Cancer Research Grant
Jun-Min Lee, MD, National Cancer Institute

Amgen Ovarian Cancer Research Grant
Andras Ladanyi, MD, PhD, University of Chicago Hospitals

Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Ovarian Cancer Research Grant
Justin Bottsford-Miller, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

St. Louis Ovarian Cancer Awareness Research Grant
Erin King, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Carol’s Cause Endometrial Cancer Research Grant
Michael Goodheart, MD, University of Iowa

Claudia Cohen Research Foundation Prize for Outstanding Gynecologic Cancer Researcher
George Coukos, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Foundation for Women’s Cancer Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award
Ernst Lengyel, MD, PhD, University of Chicago

Carol’s Cause Award for Outstanding Paper by a Fellow
Nicole Fleming, MD, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

To date, the Foundation has awarded 88 stimulus grants totaling more than $4 million as part of its overall research portfolio. Uniquely, and in a climate of limited federal support, the Foundation targets young investigators with the hope that “seed” grants will provide encouragement and financial support at a crucial point in career paths, eventually blossoming into more scientists dedicated to gynecologic cancer research.

During the study period of 1995 – 2009, The Foundation reports an excellent return on investment:

  • 94% of award recipients remain involved in clinical research;
  • $58,000,000 in extramural funding has been awarded as a result of the initial research grants totaling $2,500,000 — a 23-fold return;
  • 325 peer-reviewed publications can be attributed to the research begun during the original grant period.

“The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is proud of its success in supporting crucial research and knowledge of reproductive cancers,” said David M. Gershenson, M.D., Foundation Chair.

Registration also opened this week for the Foundation’s 2012 National Race to End Women’s Cancer, an 8K Run/1 Mile Walk on Sunday, November 4th in Washington, DC. The race is part of a weekend of awareness-raising and educational events for surgeons, survivors, families and friends. For more information and to register, visit endwomenscancer.org.

The Foundation for Women’s Cancer is a non-profit organization dedicated to funding research and training, and ensuring education and public awareness of gynecologic cancer prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.

Spotlight

Hear from Dr. Anil Sood, the Foundation’s Research Chairman, and Carol Brown, 2014 SGO Program Chair, about research of interest to women and the public presented at the 2014 SGO Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. Watch the video

Awareness

A new SGO Clinical Practice Statement states women diagnosed with epithelial ovarian, tubal, and peritoneal cancers should be considered for genetic counseling and testing, even in the absence of a family history.

Education

The next Gynecologic Cancer Survivors Course Friday, May 2, 2014 in Long Island, NY. For more information on courses, click here.