Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Launches Young Investigator Awards

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BCAN raises the bar for quality research in bladder cancer

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“We are excited about being able to offer awards that are large enough to have significant impact on new research being undertaken throughout the country,”

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) has announced the availability of three research awards of $100,000 each, over a two-year period. Applications will be accepted from January 9 to March 6, 2013.

BCAN’s Young Investigator Awards seek to fund those researchers who may be working in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bioengineering or any other scientific or research field, but are also working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational bladder cancer research.

The program was seeded through a $250,000 challenge grant received from the Gerald C. McNamara and Renée K. Petrofes Charitable Fund encouraging outstanding young researchers to focus on bladder cancer research. BCAN responded by raising more than $500,000 in additional private funds to further develop the program. In its inaugural year, BCAN will distribute three awards with two of them named after prominent supporters of bladder cancer research whose families have been directly affected by the disease: the Raymond and Maria Floyd Family Young Investigator Award and the James Family Young Investigator Award.

BCAN President and Co-Founder, Diane Zipursky Quale, remarked on the impact a program of this magnitude can have on bladder cancer research. “We are excited about being able to offer awards that are large enough to have significant impact on new research being undertaken throughout the country,” she said. “Research in bladder cancer is woefully underfunded, so we are incredibly grateful to our supporters for contributing private dollars to help young, innovative investigators stay in the field of bladder cancer research.”

Young Investigator Award recipients will be notified of their selection in late spring of 2013.

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN – pronounced beacon) was created in May 2005 as the first national non-profit patient-based advocacy organization for bladder cancer. BCAN’s mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, advance bladder cancer research, and provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community.

BCAN’s strong commitment to research is demonstrated through its annual Bladder Cancer Think Tank; an invitation-only scientific meeting which focuses on creating opportunities for collaboration among basic scientists, researchers, practitioners, advocates, and industry partners to identify obstacles and create solutions for the treatment, and eventual cure, of bladder cancer. Entering its eighth consecutive year, BCAN’s 2013 Bladder Cancer Think Tank will take place August 8 – 10, 2013 in Snowmass Village, Colo.

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