V-Scholar Collaboration

The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina partnered with the V Foundation to co-fund the second year of 2014-15 V Scholar, Dr. Chad Pecot.  
Chad Pecot, MD is an assistant professor in hematology and oncology at UNC Lineberger comprehensive Cancer Center.   
Dr. Pecots research focuses on lung cancer with a particular interest in how RNA interference (RNAi) can regulate cancer metastases. The development of new blood vessels, termed angiogenesis, is critical for cancer to grow and metastasize. The 2014 V Scholar award will support Dr. Pecots work on how small RNAs, called the miR-200 family, block cancer angiogenesis and metastasis. 
The V Scholar Program provides funds directly to young scientists who are developing their own independent laboratory research projects.Twenty V Scholar Grants of $200,000 are awarded, with funds distributed over a two-year period. These grants enable "rising star" scientists to establish their laboratories and gain the competitive edge necessary to earn additional funding.
"We are honored to partner with such a prestigious organization as the V Foundation. Their commitment to curing cancer and creating an urgent awareness of the importance of cancer research is commendable and well-aligned with our own mission." says Heather Hooper, Executive Director of the Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.

About The V Foundation for Cancer Research

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator.  Since 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $150 million in cancer research grants nationwide.  It awards 100% of all direct cash donations to cancer research and related programs.  Due to generous donors, the Foundation has an endowment that covers administrative expenses.  The Foundation awards peer-reviewed grants through a competitive awards process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee.  For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit www.jimmyv.org.
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