New American Cancer Society Research Grants Announced

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American Cancer Society Awards Over $5 Million in Research and Training Grants to 11 New York State Researchers

New York - January 21, 2011 - The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has awarded has awarded 11 grants totaling $5,086,000 to researchers in New York State. The grants, which went into effect January 1, 2011, are among 94 national research and training grants totaling $46,633,000 in the first of two grants cycles for 2011.

For more than 60 years, the American Cancer Society has funded research and training of health professionals to investigate the causes, prevention, and early detection of cancer, as well as new treatments, cancer survivorship, and end of life support for patients and their families.

"Research is one of the many and most vital ways the American Cancer Society saves lives," said Donald Distasio, CEO of the American Cancer Society of New York and New Jersey. "As the nation's largest private funder of cancer research, the Society has long been at the forefront of the scientific battle against this disease. Our continued investment in research to help us better understand, prevent, find, and treat cancer will help us to lead the way to a tomorrow with better treatments, new early detection tests, more cures...and more birthdays."

Since its founding in 1946, the American Cancer Society’s extramural research grants program has devoted more than $3.5 billion to cancer research. It has funded 44 researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

With the support of the American Cancer Society, in 2011 researchers like Victoria Blinder, MD of the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, are focusing on new discoveries to help achieve the Society’s goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Dr. Blinder will investigate ethnic differences in the impact of breast cancer on work, finances and quality of life.  Employment status after breast cancer is related to recovery from treatment and functional, psychosocial, and economic quality of life.  Although recently there has been increased interest in the return to work among breast cancer survivors, many questions remain unanswered, particularly with respect to differences in the rate of return to work and income among Caucasians and other ethnic groups.  This study will enable Blinder to answer these questions and identify barriers to and correlates of return to work among some of the largest ethnic groups in the United States.

Selecting the researchers

American Cancer Society research grant applications are ranked on the basis of merit by one of several discipline-specific Peer Review Committees, each of which is composed of 12 to 25 scientific advisors or peers who are experts in their fields. The Council for Extramural Grants, a committee of senior scientists, recommends funding based on the relative merit of the applications, the amount of available funds, and the Society's objectives. No member of the American Cancer Society's Board of Directors or National Assembly may serve on a Peer Review Committee or as a voting member on the Council for Extramural Grants.

The Council for Extramural Grants also approved 94 research grant applications that could not be funded due to budgetary constraints. These “pay-if” grants represent work that passed the Society’s multi-disciplinary review process, but go beyond the Society’s current funding resources. The grants serve as an important reminder that there continues to be promising research that cannot be funded with current resources.


About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit