NCCN Foundation Awards Grants to Six Young Investigators
The NCCN Foundation® has awarded its fifth series of Young Investigator Awards to six oncology researchers 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 philanthropy empowers people through knowledge and advances the mission of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of care provided to people with cancer, has awarded grants to six young investigators from NCCN Member Institutions.
These awardees, who are dedicated to advancing and discovering new treatments for cancer, enhancing quality, and improving patient education, represent the fifth series of the NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards—a program initiated in 2011. The grants will provide $150,000 in funding over a two-year period, beginning in July 2015.
“The NCCN Foundation is proud to foster the development of six promising oncology investigators,” said Gary J. Weyhmuller, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, NCCN. “The support of the NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards will indeed provide the opportunity for these young researchers to further high-quality research and improve the lives of people with cancer.”
Following are the 2015 NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards recipients:
- James Blachly, MD, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Genomic Stratification and Prognostication of Adult Acute Myeloid Leukemia by Combination Mutation Status
- Roisin Connolly, MB, BCh, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Harnessing the Immune System to Treat Breast Cancer: Novel Mechanisms of Resistance and Treatment Strategies
- Areej El-Jawahri, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, A Multimodal Intervention to Address Sexual Dysfunction in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Survivors
- Douglas Johnson, MD, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Survivorship in Patients Receiving Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors
- Todd Morgan, MD, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Tissue-Based Genomics for Risk Stratification in Localized Renal Cell Carcinoma
- Alpa Nick, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Matched Pair Pharmacodynamics and Feasibility Study of Pembrolizumab in Combination with Chemotherapy in Frontline Ovarian Cancer
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 24 individuals. In March 2015, NCCN featured abstracts highlighting the work of the third series of Young Investigator Awards at the NCCN General Poster Sessions during the NCCN 20th Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care™.
The 2015 NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards were made possible through support from AbbVie, Amgen, Genentech, Gilead, Merck, Millennium, Pfizer, and Sigma-Tau.
For more information about the NCCN Foundation Young Investigator Awards, visit NCCN.org.