Meet the Investigators

Meet the Investigators who have been recipients of research grants awarded by Lung Cancer Foundation of America (LCFA). These investigators presented the “best in science” proposals to LCFA’s Scientific Advisory Board and were chosen to receive a significant lung cancer research grant.

These LCFA-funded scientists dedicate their professional lives to the study of lung cancer. The name for these scientists is “investigators.” Some Lung Cancer Investigators look for new medicines for lung cancer. Some look for ways to recognize lung cancer earlier. All work to find ways to help lung cancer patients live longer, fuller lives.

What led to their lung cancer research interest?

Each of these investigators has a unique story. Read their stories and watch their videos as they explain how their research helps lung cancer patients and the families and caregivers who support them.

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

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

What are the specialties of these lung cancer research investigators?

Some of the investigators here specialize in small cell lung cancer. They are working to find new treatments for better small cell lung cancer survival rates.

Other investigators here specialize in non-small cell lung cancer. Adenocarcinoma and Squamous Cell Carcinoma are both types of non-small cell lung cancer. Some investigators are working to find new treatments to “target” mutational changes in cancer cells. These mutational changes include ALK, EGFR, ROS1, KRAS, BRAF, and more.

There are also investigators listed here who work in the field of immunotherapy. Immunotherapy is the latest exciting research breakthrough for lung cancer. Immunotherapies stimulate or use a person’s own immune system to attack cancer cells. In recent years, the FDA has approved several immunotherapies to be used to treat lung cancer, with more in the pipeline awaiting approval.

You can help fund a researcher

LCFA grant awards help accelerate lung cancer research from bench to bedside with the goal of helping patients as soon as possible.

A LCFA grant award is typically a  $200,000 grant awarded to a young investigator for work over 2 years. These significant awards allow researchers to set up and staff a lab and begin to amass the crucial data needed to attract add-on funding for the project from major funding sources, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).