Lymphoma Research Foundation Awards $1.375m to Early-Career Scientists

Apr 1, 2020 | Grants, Lymphoma, Lymphoma Research Foundation

Lymphoma Research Foundation Awards $1.375m to Early-Career Scientists

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) awarded 16 grants totaling $1.375 million to early career and disease-specific investigators based at some of the world’s top cancer research centers. This year’s awards include three categories including 1) LRF Clinical Investigator Career Development Award (CDA), 2) LRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant and 3) Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program (LCRMP).

Thanks to the LRF Scientific Advisory Board, made up of 45 world-renowned lymphoma experts dedicated to seeking out the most innovative and promising lymphoma research projects for support.

2020 Clinical Investigator Career Development Award (CDA) Recipients

The LRF Clinical Investigator Career Development Award (CDA) is a three-year grant that supports innovative programs from clinical researchers within five years of the completion of their postdoctoral training. Supported by an institutional mentor, grantees must spend at least 35 percent of their time in independent clinical research.

Natalie Grover, MD of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ryan Lynch, MD of the University of Washington
Paolo Strati, MD of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Drs. Lynch and Strati are alumni of the Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program (LCRMP). This is the sixth consecutive year alumni of the prestigious LCRMP received a CDA from the Foundation.

2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant Recipients

The LRF Postdoctoral Fellowship Grant is a two-year grant that supports PhD fellows who have not completed more than five years of postdoctoral work, and MD fellows who have completed at least two years and no more than five years of their fellowship work. Grantees must spend at least 80 percent of their time in research; their award provides salary support, professional development, and research expenses.

Xu Cao, Ph.D of City of Hope and Beckman Research Institute
Frederico Gaiti, PhD of Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Yong Gu Lee, PhD of The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Adam Lin, MD, PhD of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Alexia Martinez de Paz, PhD of Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Laurianne Scourzic, PhD of Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Dr. Gaiti is the 2020 Bruce D. Cheson, MD Postdoctoral Fellow; and Dr. Scourzic is the Oliver Press, MD, PhD Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow.

2020 Lymphoma Clinical Research Mentoring Program Scholars

The LRF LCRMP awards two-year grants along with mentoring and education to hematology and oncology fellows and junior faculty dedicated to clinical research in the field of non-Hodgkin and Hodgkin lymphoma. Program participants, called LRF Scholars, attend and participate in a week-long intensive introductory workshop and follow-up programming intended to enhance their abilities to successfully design and administer clinical research studies and secure future grant funding. Participants also receive a professional development grant and are matched with experts in the field to foster future participation and collaboration within the Foundation through follow-up programming and activities. This year’s class of Scholars were selected by LRF’s Scientific Advisory Board for their promise in their study of lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).

Pamela Allen, MD of Emory University – Winship Cancer Institute
Jamie Flerlage, MD of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Inc.
Boyu Hu, MD of the University of Utah/Huntsman Cancer Institute
Christina Lee, MD  of Weill Cornell Medical College
Raphael Steiner, MD of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Christopher Strouse, MD of The University of Iowa
Abi Vijenthira, MD of the University Health Network

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