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The V Foundation Announces 2014 Translational and V Scholar Grant Recipients

The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, is pleased to announce the 2014 Translational and V Scholar Grant recipients. The Translational Grant Program supports scientists transforming lab discoveries into clinical applications. The V Scholar Program is designed to identify, retain and further the careers of talented young cancer investigators. This year, The V Foundation awarded nearly $15 million in research grants nationwide.

“The promise of cancer research is stronger than ever,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation. “This year, The V Foundation is delighted to award more funds than ever, to a stellar group of grantees. Each represents the potential to save lives.”

The V Foundation’s Translational Grant Program continues to bring the benefits of basic-level understandings to the patient bedside more quickly and efficiently. This year, 12 cancer scientists were awarded grants for their research seeking to gain insight from cancer patients in an effort to accelerate medical discoveries. Translational grant recipients will each receive $600,000 over a three-year period.

The V Scholar Program provides funds directly to young scientists who are developing their own independent laboratory research projects. Twenty V Scholar Grants will each receive $200,000 over a two-year period. These grants enable ‘rising star’ scientists to establish their laboratories and gain the competitive edge necessary to earn additional funding. The V Foundation has awarded more than $130 million in research grants that have been leveraged into more than $1 billion in additional funding.

“The V Foundation plays a critical role in accelerating the careers of the most promising young cancer researchers through the V Scholar Program,” said Dr. Robert Bast, Vice President for Translational Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center and member of The V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee. “These young investigators are the best of the best. Through its Translational Research awards, the Foundation sees that some of the most exciting strategies from the laboratory are tested promptly in the clinic where they can improve the outcome for patients with cancer.” The V Foundation distributes research grants to the most promising scientists nationwide through a competitive process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee. The Committee, comprised of the nation’s leading physicians and research scientists from prominent universities and cancer centers, ensures proposals meet the highest standards of scientific merit and that funding is properly allocated.

This announcement coincides with The V Foundation receiving its fourth consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Awarding four out of a possible four stars for sound fiscal management as well as commitment to accountability and transparency, Charity Navigator has differentiated The V Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public that the Foundation is worthy of their trust. The fourth consecutive 4-star rating places The V Foundation in the top 7 percent of charities rated by Charity Navigator.

2014 TRANSLATIONAL GRANT RECIPIENTS
Scott Antonia, MD, PhD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Andrew Feinberg, MD, PhD and Philip Cole, MD, PhD
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
at Johns Hopkins University
Nabeel Bardeesy, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Michael C. Heinrich, MD, MPH for Integrative Research
Oregon Health and Science University
Julie E. Bauman, MD, MPH
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Darrell J. Irvine, PhD
Koch Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Selina Chen-Kiang, PhD
Weill Cornell Medical College
Michael Ben Major, PhD
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
David Cheresh, PhD
Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego
Wendy Stock, MD
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Michael Deininger, MD, PhD
Huntsman Cancer Institute at
the University of Utah
David J. Tweardy, MD
Baylor College of Medicine
2014 V SCHOLAR GRANT RECIPIENTS
Omar Abdel-Wahab, MD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Andrew Lane, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Mazhar Adli, PhD
University of Virginia Cancer Center
Megan McNerney, MD, PhD
University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ash A. Alizadeh, MD, PhD
Stanford Cancer Center
Chad V. Pecot, MD
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
Kara Bernstein, PhD
Hillman Cancer Center at
the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Karen S. Sfanos, PhD
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
at Johns Hopkins University
Ben Croker, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital
Agnel Sfeir, PhD
NYU Langone Medical Center
Emily Dykhuizen, PhD
Purdue University Center for Cancer Research
Ruoning Wang, PhD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Angela Fleischman, MD, PhD
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine
John S. Welch, MD, PhD
Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University
Wenjun Guo, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Kenneth Westover, MD, PhD
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Mohit Jain, MD, PhD
Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego
Omer Yilmaz, MD, PhD
Koch Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Randall J. Kimple, MD, PhD
Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin
Weizhou Zhang, PhD
University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
2014 DESIGNATED GRANT RECIPIENTS
Parveen Bhatti, PhD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
David J. McConkey, PhD
Colin P. N. Dinney, MD
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Institute
John Cavanagh, PhD
NC State University Cancer
Therapeutic Training Program
Mo Motamedi, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital
Steven Dubois, MD
UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital
Sabine Mueller, MD, PhD
UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital
Helene Furberg, PhD, MD
Vijai Joseph, PhD
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute
Hyman B. Muss, MD
UNC Lineberger Cancer Center
Paul J. Hergenrother, PhD
University of Illinois Cancer Center
Damon Reed, MD
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
Dineo Khabele, MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Pepper Schedin, PhD
Oregon Health and Science University
Calvin Lee, PhD
All Children’s Hospital
Judy Villablanca, MD
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Hui Li, PhD
University of Virginia
Jessie Villanueva, PhD
The Wistar Institute
Qing Li, MD, PhD
University of Michigan

FOR MORE INFORMATION …

The V Foundation’s Grant Programs

The V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee