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Professor Matthew Shoulders and Postdoctoral Fellow Peyton Shieh receive American Cancer Society Grants

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The American Cancer Society is the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States.

The American Cancer Society, the largest non-government, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has approved funding for 110 grants totaling $47,624,000 to researchers and health professionals at 72 institutions nationwide in the first of two grant cycles for 2018. Of the grants, 101 are new while nine are renewals of previous grants. The grants went into effect July 1, 2018. In Massachusetts, nine new grants and renewals were awarded, totaling $4,202,000, plus an additional six “pay-if” grants, subsidized by donors, totaling $1,696,000.

Whitehead Career Development Associate Professor Matthew D. Shoulders and Dr. Peyton Shieh, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Professor Jeremiah Johnson‘s group, are two of the researchers who received grants.

Since 1946, the American Cancer Society has funded research and training of health professionals to investigate the causes, prevention, and early detection of cancer, as well as new treatments, cancer survivorship, and end of life support for patients and their families. In those more than 70 years, the American Cancer Society’s extramural research grants program has devoted more than $4.6 billion to cancer research and is honored to have given funding to 47 investigators who went on to win the Nobel Prize.

The Council for Extramural Research also approved 90 grant applications totaling more than $43.1 million that could not be funded due to budgetary constraints. These “pay-if” applications represent work that passed the Society’s multi-disciplinary review process but are beyond the Society’s current funding resources. They are called “Pay-If” because they can be and often are subsidized by donors who wish to support research that would not otherwise be funded. In 2017, more than $11.5 million in additional funding helped finance 39 “pay-if” applications.

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