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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center Researchers Receive Funding Awards, Joining American Lung Association Research Team for 2019-2020

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

(November 26, 2019) - Buffalo, NY

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, including 2 researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute.  

The Lung Association has increased its nationwide 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 both Lung Cancer Awareness Month and COPD Awareness Month. 

“There is no question that Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has made critically important contributions to  lung cancer and lung disease research, and today, we are proud to celebrate their continued work,” said Justin King, Executive Director for the American Lung Association in the Western New York region. “With nearly $1 million being distributed for research around the state, New York is sure to remain on the front lines of preventing and treating lung cancer and lung disease.” 

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. The ACRC is the nation's largest not-for-profit network of clinical research centers dedicated to asthma and COPD treatment research that promises to have a direct, positive impact on patient care. 

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. The Lung Association is funding many research grants dedicated to lung cancer research, including 2 Lung Cancer Discovery Awards in Buffalo to :

  • Pamela Hershberger, Ph.D. with Roswell Park’s Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics and Lung Disease Site Research Group, to investigate a novel approach for reversing drug resistance in EGFR mutant lung cancers
  • Joseph Barbi, Ph.D. with Roswell Park’s Department of Immunology, to explore how the protein neuritin allows regulatory T cells to accumulate and function in tumors, and determine if blocking neuritin can unleash the immune system to halt lung tumor progression

Together, 11 researchers in New York State received awards and were added to the American Lung Association’s Research Team for 2019-2020, totaling over $932,000.  See project overviews of all funded projects at Lung.org/research-team. 

King continued, “The research happening in New York State will pave the way to better treatments for lung cancer. We are so grateful to have this talented group of researches doing important work that will get us one step closer to a world free of lung disease.”

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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About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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