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, 151 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

Visit the Sisterhood of Survivorship page to read “Dena’s Story” — by a vulvar cancer survivor who has shared her story and wise words, and channeled her energy into her National Race to End Women’s Cancer team.

Awareness

Vaccine efficacy against vulvar infection with HPV 16/18 was comparable to the efficacy found against cervical infection 4 years after vaccination, according to researchers with the National Cancer Institute.

Research

The Foundation has published its 2014-2015 Research Grants and Awards Booklet with Applications. Please consider applying to become part of an elite group of physician-scientists committed to the well-being of women at risk for/affected by gyn malignancies.

Education

The next Ovarian Cancer Survivors Course will be Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Boston. For more information on courses, click here.