Research Funded to Date: Archive

2011 Awards

Early Detection Research Projects

LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 15, 2011 – July 14, 2013
Recipient: Jeffrey A. Borgia, PhD, Assistant Professor
Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Study: Autoantibody-based biomarkers to aid in the early diagnosis of lung cancer

LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $600,000
Award Period: July 15, 2011 – July 14, 2013
Recipient: York Miller, MD, Professor
University of Colorado Denver, AMC and DC, Aurora, CO
Study: Biomarkers to improve clinical assessment of indeterminate lung nodules

LUNGevity Foundation/Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $600,000
Award Period: July 15, 2011 – July 14, 2013
Recipient: Suzanne Miyamoto, PhD, Associate Research Biochemist
University of California Davis, Sacramento, CA
Study: A system biology approach to biomarkers for early detection of lung cancer

LUNGevity Foundation/Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $600,000
Award Period: July 15, 2011 – July 14, 2013
Recipient: Edward Patz, MD, James and Alice Chen Professor of Radiology
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
Study: Serum Biomarkers for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer

Targeted Therapies Research Projects

LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $600,000
Award Period: July 15, 2011 – July 14, 2014
Recipient: David P. Carbone, MD, PhD, Professor, Division of Medical Oncology, OSU
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN: 2011-2012
The Ohio State University, Columbus OH: 2012-2014
Study: Biomarkers for personalizing adjuvant therapy in NSCLC – increasing cures

LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 15, 2011 – July 14, 2013
Recipient: Edward Gabrielson, MD, Professor
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
Study: Examining LKB1 status as a biomarker for response of lung cancer to metformin

LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $600,000
Award Period: July 15, 2011 – July 14, 2013
Recipient: Rebecca Heist, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
Study: Identifying Tumor Genomic Changes in Lung Cancers
This grant was funded in part by Upstage Lung Cancer

LUNGevity Foundation/A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $400,000
Award Period: July 15, 2011 – December 30, 2013
Recipient: John V. Heymach, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Thoracic/Head and Neck Medical Oncology
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Study: Predictive blood-based markers of response to VEGF inhibitors in NSCLC

LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 15, 2011 – July 14, 2014
Recipient: Alexander Steven Whitehead, DPhil, Professor of Pharmacology
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Study: Folate-related biomarkers as predictors of response to pemetrexed therapy

2010 Awards

Protect Your Lungs/ LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $400,000
Award Period: July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012
Recipient: Steven M. Dubinett, MD, Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine; Professor of Medicine and Pathology; Director, UCLA Lung Cancer Research Program; and Kostyantyn Krysan, Assistant Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Study: Combined Protein and miRNA Profiles for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer
This grant was funded in part by A Breath of Hope Foundation

Protect Your Lungs/ LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $600,000
Award Period: July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2012
Recipient: Samir Hanash, MD, PhD, Program Head, Molecular Diagnostics; Gary Goodman, M.D., Senior Investigator; Christopher Li, MD, PhD, Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center 
Study: Blood Tests for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer
This grant was funded in part by A Breath of Hope Foundation

2009 Awards 

National Lung Cancer Partnership/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the National Lung Cancer Partnership
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2011
Recipient: May-Lin Wilgus, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center
Study: Chromosome 7q copy number and lung adenocarcinoma invasion

National Lung Cancer Partnership/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the National Lung Cancer Partnership
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2011
Recipient: Mark W Onaitis, MD, Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Duke University
Study: Analysis of Lung Adenocarcinoma Heterogeneity Based Upon Cell-of-Origin

National Lung Cancer Partnership/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the National Lung Cancer Partnership
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2011
Recipient: Sai Yendamuri, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo
Study: MiRNA expression profiling to predict recurrence after resection of stage I NSCLC

LUNGevity Foundation/Partnership for Cures Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Partnership for Cures
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2010 - December 31, 2011
Recipients: Erik J. Tryggestad, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Study: A Probabilistic Approach to High-Dose Lung IGRT

LUNGevity Foundation/The University of Kansas Cancer Center Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2010 – March 31, 2011
Recipients: Sitta Sittampalam, PhD, and Chao Huang, MD, The University of Kansas Medical Center
Study: Developing Novel Biomarkers and Targets to Address Small Cell Lung Cancer

LUNGevity Foundation/The Cancer Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center Research Grant
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation and The Cancer Institute at St. Joseph Medical Center
Grant: $20,000
Award Period: December 21, 2009 - December 20, 2010
Recipient: Mark Jonathan Krasna, MD, Medical Director, The Cancer Institute, St. Joseph Medical Center
Study: Survivorship: Improving the recognition and treatment of psychosocial distress in lung cancer patients

LUNGevity Foundation/Partnership for Cures Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Partnership for Cures
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2009 - November 30, 2011
Recipients: Peter J. Mazzone, MD, MPH, FRCPC, FCCP, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Study: Identification and Validation of exhaled breath biomarkers for the detection of early stage lung cancer

LUNGevity Foundation/Respiratory Health Association of Chicago Research Grant
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation and Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
Grant: $110,000
Award Period: September 1, 2010 - August 31, 2012
Recipient: Jeffrey A. Borgia, PhD, Rush University Medical Center
Study: Molecular signatures to predict response in neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy of Stage III NSCLC patients

LUNGevity Foundation/Uniting Against Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Uniting Against Lung Cancer.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2009 - November 30, 2011
Recipient: Johan C. Brandes, MD, PhD, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Study: Targeting CHFR through PARP-inhibition: A novel strategy to overcome taxane resistance in adenocarcinomas of the lung

LUNGevity Foundation/Uniting Against Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Uniting Against Lung Cancer.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2009 - November 20, 2011
Recipient: Mats Ljungman, PhD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Study: Regulation of Myc and micoRNA in small cell lung cancer

LUNGevity Foundation/Uniting Against Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Uniting Against Lung Cancer.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2009 - November 30, 2011
Recipient: William P. Bennett, MD, Beckman Research Institute at the City of Hope
Study: DNA Methylation Changes in Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells as Biomarkers of Lung Cancer

LUNGevity Foundation/ The University of Kansas Cancer Center Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and The University of Kansas Cancer Center.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: November 1, 2009 – October 31, 2010
Recipients: George A. Vielhauer, PharmD/PhD, The University of Kansas Medical Center
Study: Novel C-terminal Hsp90I with isoform selectivity will function as selective anti-cancer agents in the treatment of lung cancers

LUNGevity Foundation/SUNY Upstate Medical University
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Upstate Medical University at State University of New York.
Grant: $40,000
Award Period: October 1, 2009 - September 30, 2010
Recipient: Jing An, MD, PhD, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York
Study: Development of new radiosensitizers for human lung cancers

LUNGevity Foundation/American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Treatment Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2010
Recipient: Sojin Shikano, PhD, DVM, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Study: Identification of molecules regulating tumorigenic KCNK9 potassium channel

LUNGevity Foundation/American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Treatment Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: August 31, 2009 - August 30, 2010
Recipient: Federico Innocenti, MD, PhD, The University of Chicago Department of Medicine
Study: "Molecular signatures of angiogenesis in NSCLC and their prognostic role"

LUNGevity Foundation - Canary Foundation Research Grant
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: August 1 2009 - July 31, 2010
Recipient: Canary Lung Cancer Early Detection Initiative
Study: "Development of simple blood and imaging tests that can identify and isolate lung cancers at their earliest stages"

LUNGevity Foundation/The CHEST Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and The CHEST Foundation
Grant: $75,000
Award Period: July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Recipient: Dennis A. Wigle, MD, PhD, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Rochester, MN
Study: "Surgery versus SBRT for patients with lung cancer and limited pulmonary function"

LUNGevity Foundation/The CHEST Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and The CHEST Foundation.
Grant: $75,000
Award Period: July 1, 2009 - June 20, 2010
Recipient: Johann C. Brandes, MD, PhD, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA
Study: "CHFR methylation as novel predictor for chemotherapy response in NSCLC"

Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation.
Grant: $60,000
Award Period: March 10, 2009 - March 9, 2011 
Recipient: Sai Yendamuri, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo
Study: “A microRNA profile to predict recurrence after surgical resection of stage I non-small cell lung cancer."

Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation.
Grant: $70,000
Award Period: March 10, 2009 - March 9, 2011 
Recipient: Onkar Khullar, Clinical Research Fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
Study: “Prevention of Nodal Metastasis in Lung Cancer via Lymphatic Trafficking of Paclitaxel-Loaded Expansile Nanoparticles."

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Lung Association.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2011
Recipient: John Eaton, PhD, JG Brown Cancer Center, University of Louisville
Study: “A Broad Spectrum Lung Cancer Stem Cell Vaccine." 

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Lung Association.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2009 - June 30, 2010
Recipient: Seyed Javad Moghaddam, MD, MD Anderson Cancer Center, University of Texas
Study: “Inflammation-Related Lung Cancer Prevention by Targeting the NF-kB Pathway." 

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago/LUNGevity Foundation Lung Cancer Promise of Tomorrow Award
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation and Arkansas Respiratory Health Association, Breathe California of Los Angeles County, Breathe California of the Bay Area, Breathe New Hampshire, and Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010
Recipient: Navdeep Chandel, Associate Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
Study: “Notch signaling regulates lung cancer."

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2008 Awards

National Lung Cancer Partnership/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the National Lung Cancer Partnership.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010
Recipient: Lee Goodglick, PhD, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA
Study: "In Vitro and In Vivo Characterization of Estrogen Pathway Stimulation in Human Lung Cancer."

National Lung Cancer Partnership/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the National Lung Cancer Partnership.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2009 - December 31, 2010
Recipient: Prasad Adusumilli, PhD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Study: "Regional Delivery of Targeted Immunotherapy for Lung Cancer in the Pleura."

LUNGevity Foundation/American Thoracic Society Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Thoracic Society.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 12, 2008 - December 11, 2010
Recipient: Jessica Scott Donington, MD, NYU School of Medicine
Study: "Functional Heterogeneiety of Osteopontin Isoforms in Lung Cancer"

LUNGevity Foundation/American Thoracic Society Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Thoracic Society.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 12, 2008 - December 11, 2010
Recipient: Alexander Krupnick, M.D., Washington University in St. Louis
Study: "The Basis for Immunological Therapy of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer"

LUNGevity Foundation/Joan's Legacy Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Joan's Legacy.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2008 - November 30, 2010
Recipient: Wenrui Duan, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Study: "Treatment of Spontaneous Non Small Cell Lung Cancer in Transgenic Mice with PRIMA-1, a Novel Anti Cancer Agent"

LUNGevity Foundation/Joan's Legacy Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Joan's Legacy.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2008 - November 30, 2010
Recipient: Lynne Regan, Ph.D., Yale University
Study: "Development of a Novel Class of Therapeutics for Bronchioloalveolar Carcinoma"

Partnership for Cures/LUNGevity Foundation/A Breath of Hope Clinical Research Grant
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation, A Breath of Hope Foundation, and Partnership for Cures.
Grant: $300,000
Award Period: 2008-2010
Recipient: Sreenath Sharma, PhD, and Jeffery Settleman, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
Study: Preventing Acquired Resistance to gefitinib and erlotinib in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Partnership for Cures/LUNGevity Foundation/A Breath of Hope Clinical Research Grant
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation, A Breath of Hope Foundation, and Partnership for Cures.
Grant: $250,000
Award Period: 2008-2010
Recipient: Jeffrey A. Borgia, PhD, Rush University Medical Center
Study: Diagnostic Test Development for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer-Staging of Diagnosed Lung Cancer

Partnership for Cures/LUNGevity Foundation Clinical Research Grant
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation and Partnership for Cures.
Grant: $250,000
Award Period: 2008-2010
Recipient: Jeffrey A. Borgia, PhD, Rush University Medical Center
Study: Diagnostic Test Development for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer-Early Detection of Lung Cancer

The 2008 CHEST Foundation/LUNGevity Foundation Clinical Research Award in Lung Cancer
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation and The CHEST Foundation.
Grant: $75,000
Award Period: July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Recipient: Scott L. Shofer, MD, Durham VA Medical Center Pulmonary Service, Durham, NC
Study: Heterogeneity of Microarray-based Lung Cancer Signature in Patients with Lung Cancer

The 2008 CHEST Foundation/LUNGevity Foundation Clinical Research Award in Lung Cancer
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation and The CHEST Foundation.
Grant: $75,000
Award Period: July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Recipient: Christopher G. Slatore, MD, MS, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
Study: The Association Between Incident Lung Cancer and Hormone Replacement Therapy in a Large Cohort

Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Thoracic Surgery Foundation.
Grant: $70,000
Award Period: March 10, 2008 - March 9, 2009 
Recipient: Jane Yanagawa, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
Study: “The Role of Snail in the Regulation of the Invasive Phenotype in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer." 

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Lung Association.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2009
Recipient: Michael P. Lisanti, MD, Ph.D., Director, Molecular Biology and Genetics Program, Thomas Jefferson University
Study: “Role of CAV-1 in Supressing Lung Tumor Formation: Therapeutic Implications." 

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Lung Association.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: April 1, 2008 - March 21, 2009
Recipient: Dr. Michael Tainsky of Wayne State University, Karmanos Cancer Institute
Study: “Autoantibody biomarkers for the detection of lung cancer." 

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Lung Association.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2008 - June 30, 2009
Recipient: George C. Prendergast, Ph.D., Professor and President/CEO, Lankenau Institute for Medical Research,
Study: “Genetic regulation and therapeutic correction of immune escape in lung cancer." 

National Lung Cancer Partnership/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the National Lung Cancer Partnership.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2009
Recipient: Dr. Albert S. Baldwin of Lineberger Cancer Center, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Study: “Targeting NF-KappaB as a new treatment for lung cancer."

National Lung Cancer Partnership/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the National Lung Cancer Partnership.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2008 - December 31, 2009
Recipient: Hildegard M. Schuller, DVM, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Study: “Estrogen enhances the carcinogenic effects of the nicotine derivative NNK."

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2007 Awards

2007 Melissa Lumberg Zagon Award
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation.
Grant: $25,000
Award Period: December 1, 2007 - November 30, 2008
Recipient: LOGIC (Lung Oncology Group in Chicago)
Study: "Correlative study of the effects of agents used in conjunction with targeted therapies in the treatment of lung cancer."

2007 Lung Cancer Mortality Project
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation, Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), American Legacy Foundation, Prevent Cancer Foundation, Joan's Legacy Foundation, Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation, and the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation.
Grant: $70,000
Award Period: December 1, 2007 - February 28, 2008
Recipient: Milliman Consulting Services Agreement (CSA)
Study: "The extra mortality load for early stage lung cancer never reaches the load for later stage lung cancer.  We will analyze the mortality load by age, sex and year ("duration" another life insurance term) since diagnosis.  We will compare the extra loads for different reasonable scenarios of disease progression from early to late stage disease."

2007 LUNGevity Foundation/Joan's Legacy Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Joan's Legacy.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2007 - November 30, 2009
Recipient: John Heymach, M.D., Ph.D., MD Anderson Cancer Center
Study: "EGFR/estrogen interactions: role in bronchioalveolar carcinoma and gender differences in the efficacy of antiangiogenic therapy."

2007 LUNGevity Foundation/Joan's Legacy Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Joan's Legacy.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2007 - November 30, 2009
Recipient: Carla Kim, Ph.D., Children's Hospital Boston
Study: "Isolation and characterization of bronchioalveolar carcinoma stem cells."

2007 LUNGevity Foundation/Joan's Legacy Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Joan's Legacy.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2007 - November 30, 2009
Recipient: Hayley McDaid, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Study: "Mechanisms of RAS and RAF-mediated regulation of cap-dependent translation translation in NSCLC."

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Lung Association.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2009
Recipient: Dr. David J. Robbins, Dartmouth University Medical School
Study: "Uncovering Molecular Markers of Hedgehog Antagonist Sensitive Lung Cancer."

LUNGevity Foundation/American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Treatment Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Grant: $138,000
Award Period: January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2009
Recipient: Dr. Dwight Seferos, Northwestern University Department of Chemistry
Study: "Photo-controllable Carriers for the Rapid Delivery of Anticancer Therapies"

LUNGevity Foundation/American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Treatment Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Grant: $94,000
Award Period: January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2008
Recipient: Dr. Steven P. Zielske, University of Michigan Department of Radiation Oncology
Study: "Enzyme-Prodrug Gene Therapy of Cancer using Mesenchymal Stem Cells"

LUNGevity Foundation/American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Treatment Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Grant: $138,000
Award Period: January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2009
Recipient: Dr. Timothy K. Starr, University of Minnesota Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development
Study: "Transposon Mutagenesis for Lung Cancer Gene Discovery"

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2006 Awards

Joan's Legacy/LUNGevity Foundation Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Joan's Legacy.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2006 - December 31, 2007
Recipient: Carolyn Klinge, Ph.D., University of Louisville School of Medicine
Study: "Estrogen Receptor Beta Interacting Proteins in Lung Adenocarcinoma"

National Lung Cancer Partnership/LUNGevity Foundation Career Development Award

Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the National Lung Cancer Partnership.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2008
Recipient: Dr. Michele Cote of Wayne State University, Karmanos Cancer Institute
Study: “Horomonal factors and lung cancer: A Potential target for therapy.”

LUNGevity Foundation/American Thoracic Society Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Thoracic Society.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2008
Recipient: Dr. Shouwei Han of Emory University School of Medicine
Study: “Signaling through PPARy in lung cancer: Potential therapeutic role of PPARy ligands .”

LUNGevity Foundation/American Thoracic Society Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Thoracic Society.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2007 - December 31, 2008
Recipient: Dr. Kostyantyn Krysan of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Study: “Modulation of PGE2-Dependent EGFR Inhibitor Resistance in NCSLC by E-cadherin.”

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and American Lung Association National Office.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2008
Recipient: Dr. Alan Patrick Fields of the Mayo Clinic Jacksonville
Study: “A Novel Small Molecule Inhibitor of Protein Kinase C iota for the Treatment of Lung Cancer.”

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Lung Association National Office.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2006 June 30, 2008
Recipient: Dr. Nouri Neamati of the University of Southern California
Study: “Preclinical Development of SC21 in Lung Cancer.”

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation, American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago, American Lung Association National Office, and the family of Harriet Meyers.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2006 June 30, 2008
Recipient: Dr. Ravi Salgia of the University of Chicago
Study: “Studies and Therapeutic Targeting of Heat Shock Proteins in Lung Cancer.”

The CHEST Foundation/LUNGevity Foundation Clinical Research Award in Lung Cancer
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation and The CHEST Foundation.
Grant: $75,000
Award Period: July 1, 2006 - June 30, 2008

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2005 Awards

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and American Lung Association National Office.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007
Recipient: Dr. Pilar Blancafort of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Study: "Discovery of novel artificial transcription factors regulating lung cancer cell invasion and progression."

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Discovery Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and American Lung Association National Office.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007
Recipient: Dr. Thao Dang of Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Study: "Targeting Gamma-Secretase and the Notch Pathway in Lung Cancer."

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Alliance Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and American Lung Association National Office.
Grant: $180,000
Award Period: July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2008
Recipient: Dr. Matthew Meyerson of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Study: "EGFR Pathway Alterations in Human Lung Adenocarcinoma."

The LUNGevity Foundation Lung Cancer Research Inspired Venture
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation in partnership with Goldman Philanthropic Partnerships.
Grant: $180,000
Award Period: September 2005 - August 2007
Recipient: Dr. Sreenath V. Sharma of Massachusetts General Hospital
Study: "Chemo-sensitizing Non-small Cell Lung Cancers to Gefitnib/Iressa & Erlotinib/Tarceva."

LUNGevity Foundation/American Thoracic Society Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Thoracic Society.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2005 - December 31, 2006
Recipient: Dr. Charles A. Powell of Columbia University
Study: "Molecular Signatures of Invasiveness in Lung Adenocarcinoma."

LUNGevity Foundation/American Thoracic Society Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the American Thoracic Society.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: January 1, 2005 - December 31, 2006
Recipient: Dr. George M. Verghese of the University of Virginia
Study: "Regulation of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer Invasion by Membrane Serine Proteinases and Antiproteinases."

Joan's Legacy/LUNGevity Foundation Lung Cancer Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and Joan's Legacy.
Grant: $100,000
Award Period: December 1, 2005 - November 30, 2007
Recipient: Dr. Eric B. Haura of H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Study: "Targeting SRC and Stat3 Signaling in EGFR-Driven Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer."

The CHEST Foundation and LUNGevity Foundation Clinical Research Award in Lung Cancer
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation and The CHEST Foundation.
Grant: $75,000
Award Period: July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007
Recipient: Dr. Douglas Arenberg of the University of Michigan
Study: "Profiling the phenotype of tumor derived stromal fibroblasts."

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Alliance Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and American Lung Association National Office.
Grant: $65,000
Award Period: July 1, 2005 - June 30, 2007
Recipient: Dr. Patricia Gonzalez Santamaria of the New York University School of Medicine
Study: "Unveiling the role of Ubiquitin Ligases in the Biology and Prognosis of Lung Cancer."

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2004 Awards

LUNGevity Foundation/American Cancer Society Lung Cancer Treatment Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and the Illinois Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
Grant: $200,000
Award Period: July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2006
Recipient: Dr. Patrick C. Ma of the University of Chicago
Study: "Functional expression of c-Met, its mutations and targeted therapy in lung adenocarcinoma."  

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Alliance Award
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and American Lung Association National Office.
Grant: $70,000
Award Period: July 1, 2004 - June 30, 2006
Recipient: Dr. Nicholas Vlahakis of the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota
Study: "The Role of alpha9beta1 Integrin in Modulating Pulmonary Angiogenesis."

The 2004 CHEST Foundation and LUNGevity Foundation Clinical Research Award in Lung Cancer
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation in collaboration with The CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Grant: $50,000
Award Period: July 1, 2004 - December 31, 2005
Recipient: Dr. William Pao of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Study: "Mutational Analysis of the Tyrosine Kinome in Lung Cancer."

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2003 Awards

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and American Lung Association National Office.
Grant: $70,000
Award Period: July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2005
Recipient: Dr. Venkateshwar Keshamouni of the University of Michigan
Study: "Regulation of Tumor Progression by Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor-gamma in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer."

American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Research Grant
Funded equally by LUNGevity Foundation and American Lung Association National Office.
Grant: $70,000
Award Period: July 1, 2003 - June 30, 2005
Recipient: Dr. Tamara Minko of Rutgers University in New Jersey
Study: "Enhancement of the Efficacy of Chemotherapy for Lung Cancer by Simultaneous Suppression of Multi-drug Resistance and Antiapoptotic Cellular Defenses."

The CHEST Foundation and LUNGevity Foundation Clinical Research Award in Lung Cancer
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation in collaboration with The CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Grant: $50,000
Award Period: July 1, 2003 - December 31, 2004
Recipient: Dr. William Jeffrey Petty of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire
Study: "Targeted Combination Therapy for Lung Cancer Carcinogenesis."

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2002 Awards

LUNGevity Foundation Clinical Research Trainee Award in Lung Cancer
Funded by LUNGevity Foundation in collaboration with The CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Grant: $10,000
Award Period: July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003
Recipient: Dr. Alexei V. Bogolioubov of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Study: "The Occurrence of Lung Cancer After Surgical Resection: Impact of New Staging System, Use of Adjuvant Chemotherapy and Value of Chest CT Versus Chest Radiograph."

LUNGevity Foundation Clinical Research Trainee Award in Lung Cancer

Funded by LUNGevity Foundation in collaboration with The CHEST Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Grant: $10,000
Award Period: July 1, 2002 - June 30, 2003
Recipient: Dr. Clinton H. Doerr of the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Minnesota.
Study: "Fluorescence in Situ Hybridization for the Detection of Lung Cancer."