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NCCN Foundation® Announces 2013 Young Investigator Awards

The NCCN Foundation® has awarded the third series of Young Investigator Awards to four young investigators from NCCN Member Institutions. The awards provide grants of $150,000 over a two-year period for research initiatives focused on assessing and improving outcomes in cancer care.

FORT WASHINGTON, PA – The NCCN Foundation®, which through private philanthropy advances the mission of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided to patients with cancer, has awarded grants to four young investigators from NCCN Member Institutions. These awardees, who are dedicated to advancing and discovering new treatments for cancer, represent the third series of the NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards, a program initiated in 2011. Each of the funded research initiatives will focus on assessing or improving outcomes in cancer care. The grants will provide $150,000 in funding over a two-year period, beginning in September 2013.

The NCCN Foundation is proud to announce the most recent recipients of the Young Investigator Awards. Initiated in 2011, these awards assist in and encourage the development of the next generation of cancer researchers, said Patricia J. Goldsmith, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NCCN. In turn, with their success, the awardees support the NCCN mission to advance the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care for people with cancer.

Following are the 2013 NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards recipients:

The awardees responded to a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by the NCCN Foundation to the NCCN Member Institutions. All submissions were reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel of oncology experts, and the awardees were selected based on several key components, including scientific merit and study design. The studies will be managed and overseen by the NCCN Oncology Research Program (ORP).

Since their inception in 2011, NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards have been received by 13 individuals. In March 2013, NCCN featured abstracts highlighting the work of the inaugural recipients of the NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards at the NCCN General Poster Session during the NCCN 18th Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care™. The 2011 recipients’ research contributed to a number of critical areas in oncology including, but not limited to, physician attitudes and use of NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), adherence to NCCN Guidelines® related to diffuse large b-cell lymphoma, geriatric assessment in ovarian and colorectal cancers, and survivorship care planning and distress in leukemia and breast cancer survivors. The outcomes of this research, which was funded through the NCCN Foundation, illuminate the impact of the NCCN Guidelines in improving the lives of people with cancer.

For more information about the NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards and to learn about previous awardees, please visit NCCN.org.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is a not-for-profit alliance of 28 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education. NCCN is dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, efficient, and accessible cancer care so patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. By defining and advancing high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers around the world.

The NCCN Member Institutions are:

  • Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center
  • Case Comprehensive Cancer Center/University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute
  • City of Hope National Medical Center
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
  • Duke Cancer Institute
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
  • The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University
  • Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute
  • O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Stanford Cancer Institute
  • UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • University of Colorado Cancer Center
  • University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center
  • The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center
  • Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
  • Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital