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Award funds teams of young lung cancer researchers within five years of their first faculty appointment
SAN CARLOS, CA (May 31, 2018) — The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF), in collaboration with the Van Auken Private Foundation, today announced the 2018 Young Innovators Team Award (YITA) to fund and support teams of young investigators conducting innovative research with a potential of delivering meaningful and measurable results in the field of lung cancer.
“Our goal is make lung cancer a chronically managed disease and we are looking to fund brilliant, out-of-the-box research that will save lives,” said Bonnie J. Addario, 14-year Stage 3-B lung cancer survivor and founder of the ALCF.
The 2018 Young Innovators Team Award will provide up to a total of $250,000 to teams of two or more young investigators over two to three years. The awardees must be within five years of their first faculty appointment (www.lungcancerfoundation.org/yita-2018).
The YITA Scientific Review Committee will evaluate all submissions on the following four main criteria:
“Lung cancer kills more people than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined, yet research funding is nearly nonexistent due to the stigma that it is a smokers’ disease. Nearly two-thirds of those recently diagnosed never smoked or quit decades ago,” said Tony Addario, CEO of the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), the ALCF’s sister organization and an international research consortium. “We want to encourage young innovators to work together and collaborate in a transdisciplinary fashion that helps lung cancer patients live longer, and ultimately turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease.”
The funding mechanism is designed so that young investigators work together in cross-disciplinary teams. The teams drive the projects with guidance from mentors at their own institution. The 2018 YITA Scientific Review Committee also guides and steers their progress, and makes final decisions on continued funding.
“The idea is to encourage new thinking and foster leadership skills among young innovators, instilling confidence in them to drive breakthrough, transdisciplinary science under a collaborative, cross-institutional paradigm,” said David Carbone, M.D., Ph.D. at The Ohio State University, and one of the ALCF Scientific Review Committee members.
“While we have made tremendous progress in the fight against lung cancer over the past decade with the development of targeted therapies and immunotherapy, the fact remains that lung cancer is still the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. This funding mechanism is to support the research of brilliant young scientists pursuing new cutting-edge approaches in the treatment of this disease,” said Dr. Amy Moore, ALCF director of science and research.
ALCF prefers lung cancer patient-oriented research in the following topic areas (however, the 2018 YITA Scientific Review Committee will evaluate all submissions):
For more information, visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org/yita-2018. The website also has information on the award, guidelines for submission, FAQs and the online submission portal. ALCF will accept online applications during May 31 – July 15, 2018. ALCF and the Van Auken Private Foundation provide funding for this award.
Amy Moore, Ph.D.
Director, Science and Research
Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
1100 Industrial Road, #1
San Carlos, CA 94070
About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) is one of the largest international philanthropies devoted exclusively to eradicating lung cancer through research, early detection, education and treatment. The Foundation’s goal is to work with a diverse group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals, patients, survivors and their families to identify solutions, make timely and meaningful change and turn lung cancer into a chronically managed disease. The ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization and has raised more than $30 million for lung cancer research and related programs. The Foundation has received four stars from Charity Navigator and has earned the platinum GuideStar nonprofit seal of transparency. For more information about the ALCF please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org or follow on Facebook or Twitter.
About the Van Auken Private Foundation
The Van Auken Private Foundation was established on April 17, 2008 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its purpose is to make contributions, grants and provide assistance to other tax-exempt charitable organizations, in arts, science, medicine, education and worthy social causes.