Research Opportunities

Research funding has been a core mission of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer since its founding in 1991. Since the first research grant was awarded in 1995, 124 awards have been made that include research grants, training grants, prizes and recognition of outstanding papers by residents and fellows. In almost every instance, a committed and caring family made the funding for this research possible.

The bulk of the research funding was awarded to young investigators—individuals just beginning the long path to become physician-scientists. In most cases, this was their first funded research project. These individuals are crucial to advancing science at the bedside as discovery continues to provide improved options and outcomes for women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer.

Of the young investigators receiving a research award, over 94% realized their goal to become physician-scientists. And, as a group, they used their initial, relatively small grants from the Foundation, to attract additional funding for their initial research premise that resulted in a 24-fold return on the initial funding investment.

This extremely successful program continues. In addition, the Foundation seeks to vastly expand its research portfolio to include multi-year grants, funding for more established investigators, often in a mentorship role, and inclusive of all gynecologic cancers. A description below of these additional research and training opportunities illustrate the hope that increased funding can bring to these disease unique to women.

Learn more about research opportunities by following these links:

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.