American Cancer Society Awards $5,452,500 in Research and Training Grants to Nine North Carolina Researchers
Charlotte, N.C. - The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has awarded nine grants totaling $5,452,500 to researchers in North Carolina. The grants are among 175 national research and training grants totaling $79,073,250 awarded for fiscal year 2013. The grants will fund investigators at 93 institutions across the United States; 164 are new grants while 11 are renewals of previous grants. The grants will go into effect July 1, 2013.
Among the North Carolina grant recipients were: Mark Cronan, PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham; Micah Luftig, PhD, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham; Robin J. Marjoram, PhD, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Akiva Mintz, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery and Radiology, Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem; Cary Moody, PhD, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Matthew E. Nielsen, MD, Department of Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Ellen O’Shaughnessy, PhD, Department of Pharmacology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; Daniel S. Reuland, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Stephanie B. Wheeler, PhD, Department of Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
For more than 65 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. Since its founding in 1946, the American Cancer Society’s extramural research grants program has devoted more than $3.9 billion to cancer research and has funded 46 researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
With the support of the American Cancer Society, researchers are focusing on new discoveries to help achieve the Society’s mission to save lives and end suffering from cancer. In Reuland’s study, he will show patients a computer-based decision-aid video (in English or Spanish). The video explains colon cancer screening using easy to understand narrated segments, patient testimonials, graphics and animations. After the patients watch the video and talk with their providers, they receive support from a bilingual patient navigator who can help them complete the screening process, overcoming the many barriers to screening completion that currently exist.
The American Cancer Society’s research and training program emphasizes investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals, and has supported groundbreaking research that has led to critical discoveries leading to a better understanding of cancer and cancer treatment. Grant applications are ranked on the basis of merit by one of several discipline-specific Peer Review Committees, each of which includes 12 to 25 scientific advisors or expert reviewers. 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 also approved 71 research applications for funding totaling $37,074,750 that could not be funded due to budgetary constraints. These “pay-if” grants represent work that passed the Society’s multi-disciplinary review process and are beyond the Society’s current funding resources, so are available for funding by individual donors who wish to fund research that would not otherwise be funded. In 2012, 10 million donor dollars were donated to fund 32 “pay-if” grants.
For more information about the American Cancer Society Research Program, please visit www.cancer.org/research.