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Uniting Against Lung Cancer awards over $1.4 million in lung cancer research grants

Published: February 19th, 2013

Reaches $10 million in total funding

(New York, NY – February 19, 2013) Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC) has committed over $1.4 million to support groundbreaking, innovative lung cancer research this year, bringing its total funding for lung cancer research to over $10 million since 2003.

Lung cancer is the nation’s deadliest cancer, responsible for over 220,000 new diagnoses and nearly 160,000 cancer deaths each year. With the support of Partners across the country, UALC funds critical research that will improve treatment options and find a cure for lung cancer patients. This funding has led to over $50 million in continued support from federal and public sources, new therapies in clinical trials, and major advances improving treatment for thousands of lung cancer patients.

Grant recipients are selected by the UALC Medical Committee, comprised of the top physicians and scientists in the field.

Grant recipients include:

Zhao Chen, PhD (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
Sponsored by Bloomberg  and Vornado Realty Trust

Adam Crystal MD, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center)
Sponsored by Uniting Against Lung Cancer: Elliot's Legacy, and the National Lung Cancer Partnership

Aaron Hata, MD, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center)
Sponsored by the Marjorie M. Fisher Fund, the Tighe-Hidalgo Foundation, and the Offices of Dr. David Hidalgo

Steven Lin, MD, PhD (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center)
Sponsored by The Sidney Kimmel Foundation

Martin McMahon, PhD (University of California, San Francisco)
Sponsored by the Durst Organization and Greenlight Capital

Kwon-Sik Park, PhD (University of Virginia)
Sponsored by Elliot's Legacy and Joan's Legacy

Alice Shaw, MD, PhD (Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center)
Sponsored by The Felice Lipit Memorial BAC Research Trust & Mary Jo's Fund to Fight Cancer

Xiaoling Song, PhD (Yale University Cancer Center)
Sponsored by Chicago Lung Run

Darren Tyson, PhD (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
Sponsored by The Hank Thompson Fund, Lily's Light, and The Caine Halter Fund for Lung Cancer Research

Narendra Wajapeyee, PhD (Yale University Cancer Center)
Sponsored by Uniting Against Lung Cancer: Elliot's Legacy, and the National Lung Cancer Partnership

Zhenfeng Zhang MD, PhD (Columbia University Medical Center)
Sponsored by the Fred and Judy Wilpon Foundation & Tishman Speyer

Zehua Zhu, PhD (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
Sponsored by Pershing Square Capital Management, LP

To see a complete description of the funded projects, visit http://unitingagainstlungcancer.org/research and to learn more about supporting UALC Scientific Programs, visit: http://unitingagainstlungcancer.org/getinvolved

About Uniting Against Lung Cancer

Uniting Against Lung Cancer is dedicated to funding innovative research and raising awareness of lung cancer, the nation’s #1 cancer killer. For more information, please visit http://unitingagainstlungcancer.org/