Lung Cancer Research Grant Recipients

Meet Our Young Investigators

Since its establishment in 2007, LCFA has funded over $8 million dollars in lung cancer research grants in partnership with organizations such as the largest international clinical society focusing on lung cancer, the IASLC (International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer), and Bristol Myers Squibb.

Listen to this Hope With Answers: Living With Lung Cancer Episode featuring these bright Young Investigators:

Inside LCFA’s Mission to Fund Lung Cancer Research Grants: Research is the Key to Saving Lives

Announcing LCFA’s Newest Grant Recipients

Meet Dr. Jonathan Villena-Vargas, Assistant Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine who is joining the ranks of LCFA-funded lung cancer researchers.

Learn more about Dr. Villena-Vargas

Why does LCFA award lung cancer grants to Young Investigators?

To attract the best and the brightest to the field of lung cancer! LCFA is committed to supporting young investigators with significant lung cancer research grant funding. This funding allows the investigator to pursue a long-term project over the course of multiple years. LCFA’s grant criteria is laser-pointed at research projects focused on improving the care and treatment of individuals with lung cancer. By funding those researchers early research years, LCFA provides the opportunity to stay focused on lung cancer throughout their careers.

Why does LCFA partner with other funding organizations?

LCFA pursues funding partnerships with industry and organizations like the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer in an attempt to maximize the reach and productiveness of our lung cancer research grants.

Through our experience and research, LCFA knows the benefits of  receive this significant funding early in their research. For example, they can amass data that attracts further funding for their projects from organizations like the National Institutes of Health. This additional funding helps these projects to go from the bench to the bedside, furthering LCFA’s goal of helping more and more lung cancer patients live with lung cancer as a chronic disease.

Learn more about these amazing Young Investigators

Jonathan Villena-Vargas, MD

Jacob Kaufman, PhD

Ramin Salehi-Rad, MD, PhD

Adrian Sacher, MD

Vincent Lam, MD

Jon Zugazagoitia, MD, PhD

Triparna Sen, PhD

Jarushka Naidoo, MRCPI

Daniel J. Spakowicz, PhD

Haiying Cheng, MD, PhD

Kellie Smith, PhD

Zoltan Lohinai, M.D., PhD

Kathryn Beckermann, M.D., PhD

Alice Berger, PhD

Christine Lovly, M.D., PhD

Carla Martins, M.D.

Kellie N. Smith, PhD

Daniel Costa, M.D.

Jessica Donington, M.D.

Goeffrey Liu, MSc, MD

Why are LCFA lung cancer research grants so critical to patients?

”Young Investigator grants encourage passionate early career researchers to build their career studying lung cancer. The magnitude of the problem is so large – we need as many enthusiastic investigators studying lung cancer as possible! Research saves lives. Lung Cancer is the #1 cause of cancer related deaths. We need to improve outcomes for all lung cancer patients with research to advance our treatment strategies.” ~Dr. Christine Lovly, Vanderbilt University


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