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Brown University Researcher Receives Funding to Investigate Lung Cancer Treatment in the Elderly, & Joins American Lung Association Research Team for 2019-2020

Lung Association expands research investment to $8.7 million nationwide, making headway on its commitment to double its investment in research

(November 25, 2019) - Providence, RI

For more information please contact:

Jennifer Solomon
[email protected]
(516) 680-8927

With a vision of a world free of lung disease, the American Lung Association funds a wide range of research to improve lung health, including lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) pulmonary fibrosis and more. Today the organization announced its new research team includes Bora Youn, MPH, MS, a Rhode Island based researcher from Brown University, who will investigate a new treatment approach for advanced non-small cell lung cancer in the elderly. 

The Lung Association has increased its research investment to $8.7 million, through awards for both our Airways Clinical Research Center (ACRC) Network and its innovative Awards & Grants program. This announcement comes at an important time, as November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month.

“There is no question that Brown University has made critically important contributions to medical research, and today, we are proud to celebrate their continued work.” said Jennifer Wall, Director of Advocacy for the American Lung Association in Rhode Island. “Thanks to the cutting edge research happening in Rhode Island and around the country, we can continue to innovate new, better ways to treat lung cancer and help patients and their families understand the disease.” 

The Lung Health Dissertation Grant awarded to Youn will allow her to study the real-world impact of treatments for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) such as novel chemotherapies, targeted therapies, and immunotherapies, among elderly patients. It aims to examine the patterns of use, survival, and cost of treatments that are commonly used for advanced NSCLC patients receiving care in routine oncology practice. She will investigate a population-based sample of advanced NSCLC Medicare patients, and plans to generate important evidence on the expected clinical and financial impact of common treatment options, enable patients and providers make informed decisions, and advance evidence-based cancer care.

The Awards and Grants Program provides investigators with the funds, at all levels of their career, to conduct novel and promising research to prevent, treat and even cure lung disease.  Research projects funded by the Lung Association are carefully selected through rigorous scientific review and represent the investigation of a wide range of complex issues to help combat and reduce the suffering and burden of lung diseases, including lung cancer. 

Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both women and men in the U.S. During November’s Lung Cancer Awareness Month, the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative is dedicated to increasing awareness about the risk of this deadly disease and uniting Americans to raise funds for critical lung cancer research. 

For media interested in speaking with an expert about lung health and the American Lung Association Research Team, contact Jennifer Solomon at [email protected] or 516-680-8927 


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