The Bonnie J Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF), in collaboration
with the Van Auken Private Foundation today announced the 2014 Young
Innovators Team Award (YITA), a first-of-its-kind program that will fund
and support teams of young investigators to conduct novel, innovative
and transdisciplinary research with a potential of high clinical impact
for lung cancer patients.
"In an effort to involve all stakeholders in our mission of making lung
cancer a chronically managed disease by 2023, our goal with this program
is to identify young, brilliant and collaborative out-of-the-box
thinkers to deliver meaningful and measurable results in the field of
lung cancer," said Bonnie J. Addario, lung cancer survivor and founder
of the ALCF.
The 2014 Young Innovator Team Award, with funding from both the Addario
Lung Cancer Foundation and the Van Auken Private Foundation, will
provide up to a total of $500,000 per team over a duration of 2-3 years,
to teams of two or more young investigators - those within five years of
their first faculty appointment (www.lungcancerfoundation.org/grants).
All submissions will be evaluated on the following four main criteria;
that the proposed research be:
"Not only is lung cancer the least funded cancer, proportionate to the
amount of lives it claims," said Tony Addario, CEO of the Addario Lung
Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), the ALCF's sister organization and an
international research consortium, "but it attracts disproportionately
fewer young, talented thinkers because there is such a lack of funding
for research. We hope this award is the first step in changing that. We
also want to encourage young innovators to work together and collaborate
in a transdisciplinary fashion focused on solving lung cancer patients'
pressing unmet medical needs."
The funding mechanism is designed in such a way that young investigators
work together in cross-disciplinary teams and drive the projects, with
guidance from mentors at their own institution, as well as the 2014 YITA
Scientific Review Committee that will guide and steer their progress,
and make final decisions on continued funding.
"The idea is to encourage new thinking and foster leadership skills
among young innovators, instilling confidence in them to drive
breakthrough, transdisciplinary science under a collaborative,
cross-institutional paradigm," said David Carbone, M.D., Ph.D. at The
Ohio State University, and one of the ALCF Scientific Review Committee
The 2014 YITA Scientific Review Committee is comprised of four top
global experts in the lung cancer field: David Carbone, M.D., Ph.D (The
Ohio State University), David Gandara, M.D. (University of California,
Davis), Roy Herbst, M.D., Ph.D (Yale School of Medicine), Giorgio
Scagliotti, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Torino).
ALCF invites lung cancer patient-oriented research in the following
topic areas preferably (however, all submissions will be evaluated):
For more information on the award, guidelines for submission, FAQs and
the online submission portal please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org/grants.
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation will accept online
applications during June 3-August 1, 2014.
Funding for this unique new award is provided by the Bonnie J. Addario
Lung Cancer Foundation and the Van Auken Private Foundation.
About the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation is one of the largest
philanthropies (patient-founded, patient-focused, and patient-driven)
devoted exclusively to eradicating Lung Cancer through research,
education, early detection, genetic testing, drug discovery and
patient-focused outcomes. The Foundation's commitment to lung cancer
patients is to collaborate and partner with the leaders in oncology,
technology, science, medicine and philanthropy to make Lung Cancer a
chronically managed disease by 2023. The Foundation works with a diverse
group of physicians, organizations, industry partners, individuals,
survivors, and their families to identify solutions and make timely and
meaningful change. ALCF was established on March 1, 2006 as a 501c(3)
non-profit organization and has raised more than $10 million for lung
cancer research. To learn more, please visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org.
About the Van Auken Private Foundation
The Van Auken Private Foundation was established on April 17, 2008 as a
501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its purpose is to make contributions,
grants and provide assistance to other tax-exempt charitable
organizations, in arts, science, medicine, education and worthy social
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