Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) May 30, 2014
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation), the only non-governmental funder of peer-reviewed mesothelioma research, has announced an update to its peer-review process for evaluating research grant proposals, to once again match the process by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The Meso Foundation has always modeled its peer-review process after the NIH, so when the NIH made changes in 2013, the Foundation followed suit.
The change involves streamlining the review by eliminating the two-step process and replacing it with one step only. Instead of sending a project through two separate rounds of reviews, which would usually result in a total of 3 - 4 number of reviewers looking at each project, now all 3 - 4 reviewers evaluate the project in the one and only round. This ensures a quicker review turnaround and a more efficient process.
Once ranked, the Board of Directors of the Meso Foundation determines the number of projects to be funded, based on available funds.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. Medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards.
ABOUT THE MESOTHELIOMA APPLIED RESEARCH FOUNDATION
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund peer-reviewed mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer reviewed scientific research to establish effective treatments for mesothelioma and, ultimately, a cure for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $8.7 million to research. More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.