NEW YORK – The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has awarded a national research and training grant on Long Island, which went into effect on January 1, 2016.
Among the 2016 nationally awarded grantees is Dorothy S. Lane, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education at Stony Brook. The $300,000 multi-year grant is awarded in Physician Training in Cancer Prevention. Other multi-year grants are in effect at the University and across New York State, totaling $39 million currently invested to save lives from cancer. Nationwide over $418 million is invested in cancer research projects across the country.
“Here on Long Island, we are so fortunate to have scientific labs dedicated to cancer work,” said Cathleen Garry of the American Cancer Society. “As we look to achieve the greatest impact on the future of cancer, the Society’s commitment also supports the training of health care professionals. Prepared minds, coupled with compassionate hands translates science discoveries to patient care.”
For 70 years, the American Cancer Society has funded research and training of health professionals for study of the causes, prevention, and early detection of cancer, new treatments, cancer survivorship, and end of life support for patients and their families. Since its founding in 1946, the American Cancer Society’s extramural research grants program has devoted more than $4.3 billion to cancer research to more than 20,000 scientists at more than 1,000 institutions. 47 Society funded researchers have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.
Meaghan Neary, Senior Community Manager for Relay For Life of Plainview-Old Bethpage and Valley Stream joined in a “hands-on” tour of the lab of American Cancer Society researcher Laurie Krug, MD at Stony Brook Cancer Center on May 2 as Long Island Board of Advisors member Maureen Knott (Massapequa) oversees.
The research grants, and the Society’s free patient and family services and education and programs, are funded through community efforts like the American Cancer Society Relay For Life events held this May and June throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
“The research at Stony brook is just one example of the lifesaving work our community supports through Relay For Life,” says Garry. “Our fundraising directly helps the Society make progress in finding cures and removing barriers for people facing the disease.”
Take action this year and help make cancer a priority by participating or donating to Relay For Life. Visit relayforlife.org to learn more about the upcoming events, or contact the Society at 800.227.2345.
Pictured Above: A presentation, workshop and tour of a cancer research lab at Stony Brook Cancer Center on May 2 was led by American Cancer Society researcher, Laurie Krug. Attendees learned about a currently funded project and how funds the American Cancer Society raises through community events such as Relay For Life are making a difference in the fight against cancer right here on Long Island. Pictured here (L-R): Cathleen Garry (American Cancer Society); Laurie Krug (American Cancer Society funded researcher); Dr. Hannun (Director of Stony Brook Cancer Center); Jim Mc Govern (American Cancer Society); Dorothy Lane MD (American Cancer Society funded researcher); Sara Goldgraben MD (Preventive Medicine Resident); Cindy Ginsberg MD (Preventive Medicine Resident).
Photos by The American Cancer Society. Press Release by Patrice Lestrange Mack. Made Available from The American Cancer Society.
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