New AACR-Novocure Funding Initiatives Support Tumor Treating Fields Research

Earlier this year, the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) partnered with Novocure, a global oncology company, to launch several new funding initiatives to support innovative research focused on Tumor Treating Fields (TTFields). TTFields is a novel noninvasive cancer therapy approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of adults with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM). Patients wear a portable electric field generator that delivers TTFields to tumors via electrodes attached to the skin over the tumor site.

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Frontiers in Cancer Science: the Singapore Cancer Conference

Providing a forum for innovative cancer researchers around the world, Singapore will hold its 11th Frontiers in Cancer Science (FCS) conference from November 4-6 at Academia at SingHealth.

The conference is jointly organized by the Cancer Science Institute of Singapore, Duke-NUS Medical School, Genome Institute of Singapore, Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, National Cancer Centre Singapore, and National University Cancer Institute, Singapore.

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AACR Grants Program Funds Diverse Range of Cancer Research

Since its inception in 1993, the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Grants Program, in partnership with other nonprofit organizations, foundations, and pharmaceutical companies, has funded groundbreaking basic, translational, and clinical cancer research. In 2019 alone, the AACR awarded more than $12.5 million in grants to support innovative and impactful cancer research projects.

The AACR Grants Program supports researchers at all career levels by awarding fellowships, career development awards, independent investigator awards, team science awards, and its flagship NextGen Grants for Transformative Cancer Research.

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AACR’s Global Scholars in Training Reflect on Annual Meeting Experience

This spring, in the inaugural year of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Global-Scholar-In-Training Awards (GSITA) program, 15 young researchers from around the world arrived in Atlanta eager to share their knowledge and to draw upon the global brain trust of cancer scientists attending AACR’s 110th Annual Meeting. Recipients also participated in a networking and mentoring event hosted by Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute which included a tour of laboratory and clinical facilities, presentations by doctoral students, and research and career advice from Emory faculty and staff.

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AACR and Bayer Grants Support Innovative Research

The AACR-Bayer Innovation and Discovery Grants program supports researchers who are seeking to develop new treatment options for cancers with high unmet medical need. The program aims to encourage innovation and translation of ideas from basic research into novel drugs, and to foster collaborations between academic groups and the pharmaceutical industry.

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Enabling Promising Postdocs to Become the Global Research Leaders of Tomorrow

Funded in partnership with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), our new Transatlantic Fellowships provide high-potential early-career researchers with a unique opportunity to accelerate their careers. The Fellowships offer £300,000/$400,000 over four years to support the development of recently graduated PhDs and early-career postdocs into independent researchers at top institutions in the United Kingdom and the United States.

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AACR to Continue Unique Grant Program to Support Physician-Scientists in Training

In addition to world-class training in patient care, physician-scientists also require experience in laboratory and clinic-based research to ensure that they stay up-to-date with the pace of medical progress. As such, many fellowship programs offer dedicated research time, often for a year or longer, to these young physician-scientists, providing them with sufficient expertise to contribute to laboratory-based research projects or clinical trials that will advance medical practice and improve patient outcomes.

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Inspired By Her Mother, AACR Grantee Embarks on a Career in Cancer Research

Wen-Yang Lin, PhD, MS, currently a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University and the recipient of the 2017 AACR-Genentech Fellowship in Lung Cancer Research, is a relative newcomer to the field of cancer research. Previously, she had studied biomedical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles and neuroscience at the University of Washington, where her PhD thesis concerned growth control in Drosophila sensory neurons. During this time, Lin’s mother was diagnosed with stage II ovarian cancer. “My mother had been through several rounds of surgeries, tried different combinations of chemotherapies and radiation therapies,” Lin recalls, “but she still passed away only five years after the diagnosis.”

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Examining the Tumor Microenvironment and Metabolism in Ovarian Cancer

Dong-Joo (Ellen) Cheon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Regenerative and Cancer Cell Biology at Albany Medical College and the 2017 AACR Gertrude B. Elion Cancer Research Award grantee, has been working in the field of ovarian cancer her entire career.

She was first introduced to ovarian cancer research as a graduate student at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston when she was tasked with generating CA125 knockout mice. CA125, or cancer antigen 125, is a blood serum biomarker routinely used to diagnose and monitor ovarian cancer.

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