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

The CDC recently announced that fewer than half of American children are given the HPV vaccination.

Research

As of the July 23 deadline, 55 research abstracts were submitted in hopes of receiving one of only 6 grants from the Foundation. This points to a need for more funding so that the Foundation may award grants to every deserving applicant.

Education

The Gynecologic Cancer Global Health Forum will be Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in D.C.. For more information on educational events and courses, click here.