Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina Announces Researcher Fellows Program Grant Winners

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is proud to announce the winners of their 2015-2016 Lung Cancer Research Fellows Program. The purpose of the program is to further the development of local lung cancer care and research across the state of North Carolina.

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina Announces Researcher Fellows Program Grant Winners

6/29/2015 - The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is proud to announce the winners of their 2015-2016 Lung Cancer Research Fellows Program. The purpose of the program is to further the development of local lung cancer care and research across the state of North Carolina.  This year the Initiative is awarding four grants totaling $100,000 as a part of the organization’s commitment to fund North Carolina researchers.

Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers combined, yet is greatly underfunded. The Research Fellows Program is designed to support young scientists in a way that will help them to develop pilot data for future larger grants.   Since 2008, the organization has funded $750,000 in lung cancer research.  

Dr. Jennifer Garst, Chairman of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, stated, “Our Fellows Grant Program supports young scientists at major lung cancer research centers around the state and allows them to be mentored by North Carolina's leading lung cancer researchers.  I am very proud of the diversity and depth of thinking that is evident in all of our grant winners' proposals this year and look forward to more thought provoking and cutting-edge proposals in the future with the support of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina."

"I am incredibly grateful for the research support so early in my career from the Lung Cancer Initiative.  This award will undoubtedly provide me with tremendous opportunities in the field of lung cancer and help establish a foundation of research to build upon in future years,” says Duke Cancer Institute winner, Dr. Jeff Clarke on the importance of this award. 

 

Winners include:

Adam Belanger, MD (University of North Carolina)

Project Title: MicroRNA Drivers of Lymphatic Metastasis in Lung Squamous Cell Carcinoma
 

Jeffrey M. Clarke, MD (Duke Cancer Insititute)

Project Title: Evaluation of Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes in Resected Non Small Cell Lung Cancer

Sulochana D Cherukuri, MD (Brody School of Medicine/ East Carolina University)

Project Title: Aromatase Inhibitors in Metastatic Non Small Cell Lung Cancer in Postmenopausal Women

Sarah Ellen Elza Stephens, MD (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center)

Project Title: Health Disparities: Perceptions In Lung Cancer Screening

About the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina:

As the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina specializes in connecting patients, survivors and loved ones with the medical and research community. Our organization’s mission is to decrease deaths and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina.

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