Research Grant Fellow Winners Announced


The Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina is proud to announce the winners of the 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, we have funded $750,000 in lung cancer research.  

Dr. Jennifer Garst, Board Chairman of the  Initiative, 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)

MicroRNA Drivers of Lymphatic Metastasis in Lung Squamous Cell Carcinoma 

Jeffrey M. Clarke, MD (Duke Cancer Insititute)

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


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

Aromatase Inhibitors in Metastatic Non Small Cell Lung Cancer in Postmenopausal Women


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

Health Disparities: Perceptions In Lung Cancer Screening


Read more about their research projects here.


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