$125,000 in Grants Awarded for Lung Cancer Research in North Carolina

Press Release Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ON JUNE 11, 2016

Contact: Cynamon Frierson 
Communications & Marketing Manager
Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina
(919) 784-0410 ext. 102
cfrierson@lungcancerinitiativenc.org
 

$125,000 in Grants Awarded for Lung Cancer Research in North Carolina

July 11, 2016 (NORTH CAROLINA) - The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is pleased to announce the winners of their 2016-2017 Lung Cancer Research Fellows Program.  This year, the Initiative added an additional Fellows Grant to Levine Cancer Institute bringing the total to $125,000 for five grants.  As the state’s leading non-profit organization supporting lung cancer research and education, they are committed to funding North Carolina researchers.

Lung Cancer claims more lives than any other cancer and more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined, yet it is greatly underfunded.  Since 2008, the Lung Cancer Initiative funded over $1.1 million towards lung cancer research.  The purpose of the Research Fellows Program is to further the development of local lung cancer care and research across the state of North Carolina in a way that will help them to develop pilot data for future larger grants.

“The Fellows Grant Program supports young scientists with fresh ideas for the future of lung cancer care.  We are proud to have such great cancer centers in our state that can foster such thought provoking and cutting edge proposals,” says Heather Hooper, Executive Director of the Lung Cancer Initiative of NC. 

Grant Recipients

Katherine Cox Ansley, MD (Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center)
Project Title: Changes in Circulating Tumor-Specific DNA Before and After Gamma Knife Radiosurgery in Patients with Brain Metastases: A Pilot Study

Sanggyu Bae, MD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Project Title: Carolina Lung Cancer Network

Jennifer Ersek, MSPH, PhD(c) (Levine Cancer Institute)
Project Title: Comparison and Correlation of Lung Cancer Biomarker Testing in Liquid and Tissue Biopsies

Jordan A. Torok, MD (Duke University Medical Center)
Project Title: Using Circulating Tumor DNA to Guide Therapy in Locally Advanced Lung Cancer

Meera Yogarajah, MD (Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University)
Project Title: Identification of Biomarkers in Lung Cancer Patients Treated with Anti-PD-1 Immune Therapy

About 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. The organization’s mission is to save lives and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across North Carolina.  For more information, please visit www.LungCancerInitiativeNC.org.

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