2019-2020 Research Grant Fellow Recipients Announced

Press ReleaseLung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina


Contact: Paige Humble

Executive Director 

Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina

(919) 784-0410 




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


July 23, 2019 (NORTH CAROLINA) -Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina (LCI) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019-2020 Lung Cancer Research Fellowship Grant.  Each grantee will receive $25,000 and was selected based on the measurable impact of their proposal and commitment to the lung cancer field.  Mark Woodcock, MD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was also named the inaugural Lung Cancer Initiative Outstanding Fellow Applicant for 2019. 

“We are pleased to introduce this year’s recipients from across the state and to learn more about each of their areas of focus,” said Amy Cipau, President of Lung Cancer Initiative.  “It is our goal to support researchers early in their careers in the hopes that they will continue to focus in the field of lung cancer and receive even greater funding to support their research.” 


2019-2020 Lung Cancer Initiative Fellowship Grant Recipients



Ryan Hughes, MD (Wake Forest Baptist Health)

Project Title: Exhaled Breath Analysis to Assess Pneumonitis Development after Chemoradiotherapy for Stage III NSCLC


Mark Woodcock, MD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Project Title: Determinants of Immunotherapy Response in Lung Cancer


Sheenu Sheela, MD, FACP (Atrium Health's Levine Cancer Institute)

Project Title: Feasibility of Testing Autoantibody Biomarkers for Lung Cancer in a Cohort of High-Risk Smokers via an In-Patient Community-Based Hospital Project


Michael Dorry, MD (Duke University Medical Center)

Project Title: Lymphocyte Exhaustion Markers in Malignant Pleural Effusions of Lung Cancer


Lee Ann Jarrett Johnson, PhD (East Carolina University)

Project Title: A Comparative Analysis of Lung Cancer Treatment in a Local and National Sample with Lung Cancer


Annually, lung cancer claims more lives in North Carolina and the US than any other cancer and more than breast, colon and prostate cancers combined.  Since 2008, LCI has funded more than $1.7 million in lung cancer research through programs including the research fellowship grant, health disparities in lung cancer grant in partnership with the V Foundation for Cancer Research, career development award and innovation grant.


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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