Fourteenth Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Luncheon

On Tuesday, November 12, 2019, the Lung Cancer Research Foundation hosted its Fourteenth Annual Lung Cancer Awareness Luncheon at The Pierre in New York City. At the luncheon, LCRF announced its 2019 Scientific Grant Program recipients. This year, LCRF awarded 12 research grants totaling $2.6 million. In addition to its annual pilot grants, for the first time, LCRF awarded research grants through two additional funding mechanisms: one focused on overcoming disparities in lung cancer and one on improving the effectiveness of targeted therapies.

Among the 2019 Scientific Grant Program awards are the prestigious James B. Dougherty, MD Award for Scientific Merit and the William C. Rippe Award for Distinguished Research in Lung Cancer. The James B. Dougherty Award for Scientific Merit is named in honor of Dr. James Dougherty, who served as the Chair of the LCRF Scientific Advisory Board for the past 13 years and is responsible for stewarding the growth of the grant program. The award is presented to the investigator whose proposal was selected for outstanding overall merit by the Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Board. This year’s recipient is Lingtao Jin, PhD, Assistant Professor at the University of Florida in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

LCRF’s William C. Rippe Award for Distinguished Research in Lung Cancer is presented to the investigator whose proposal not only demonstrated exceptional scientific merit but also exemplified an enduring commitment to making an impact in the field of lung cancer research. Benjamin Lok, MD, Clinician Scientist at the University of Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, was named the 2019 recipient of this award. Former LCRF grantee Giuseppe Giaccone, MD, PhD, Associate Director for Clinical Research at Cornell University, delivered the keynote address. “Never have I seen as much progress as I have in the last few years, and that’s thanks to research,” Dr. Giaccone said. LCRF Board Member and lung cancer survivor Reina Honts shared her experience with the disease, noting the importance of research funding and early detection. “I was lucky, but so many aren’t. More research means early diagnoses and better treatment options.”

View photos from the event here.