Press Release: Foundation for Women’s Cancer Shows Positive Impact of “Seed” Grants and Awards on Future of Gynecologic Cancer Research

Chicago, IL – March 1, 2011- In the current issue of Gynecologic Oncology, theFoundation for Women’s Cancer, formerly the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation, summarizes the successful results of its Research Grants and Awards Program.

To date, the Foundation has awarded 82 research grants totaling more than $3.8 million. 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.

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 data was published as part of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer’s 20th anniversary celebration. Founded by the Society for Gynecologic Oncologists in 1991, the Foundation supports research, education and increasing public awareness about cancers unique to women.

Dr. Anil Sood, lead author of the article and recipient of a 2001 research award, said, “In addition to support for research, during the past twenty years, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer has touched the lives of countless women and their families as each in their own way faced a cancer diagnosis.”

“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. “As we celebrate our 20th anniversary, our strong, straightforward new name also signals our commitment to expand outreach to women not yet diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer, to alert them to methods of early detection and prevention of these often-overlooked cancers.”

On November 6th, 2011, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer will hold its second National Race to End Women’s Cancer in Washington, D.C., part of a weekend of events to raise awareness about these cancers. For more information and to register, visit the Foundation for Women’s Cancer Web site.

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.