THE GOAL: Stop Disparities
SATURDAY, APRIL 2 9:30AM – 11:00 AM
Since the inception of the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, the V Foundation awards grants that support minority researchers and research that addresses the biological basis of cancer disparities. Translational Grants and Designated Grants that fund research on cancer types that disproportionately affect minority populations, including research on the biological basis of cancer disparities experienced by patients specifically from minority populations. Research is dedicated to the aggressiveness, therapeutic responsiveness, and ultimate outcomes experienced by cancer patients from diverse ethnic populations.
The Fund also supports V Scholar Grants, awarded to scientists from minority populations who are presently underrepresented in science. This gives these researchers important, early-career funding to establish their labs and begin their careers as cancer researchers.
To date, the V Foundation has awarded nearly $15 million in research grants from combined funds raised through ESPN, Inc. and other generous donors and partners. Our goal is to bring resolution to inequities in the cancer space. Your support will accelerate cutting-edge research, help experts diagnose cancer earlier and treat it more effectively, and fuel our commitment to inclusion which helps us close the gap, unconscious bias and disparities in our work to end cancer.
WILLIAM G. NELSON, M.D., PH.D. | EPICUREAN SYMPOSIUM OVERVIEW
Chair of the V Foundation’s Scientific Advisory Committee
Marion I. Knott Professor of Oncology and Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins
NANCY E. DAVIDSON, M.D. | THE ROLE OF HORMONES IN BREAST CANCER HEALTH
President & Executive Director, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Senior Vice President and Member, Clinical Research Division; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Head, Department of Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Washington
Raisbeck Endowed Chair for Collaborative Cancer Research
SHRUTI NAIK, PH.D. |THE JEKYLL AND HYDE FUNCTION OF IMMUNITY IN CANCER
Our immune system has surfaced as a powerful weapon against cancer. Paradoxically, immune factors are also known to play a role in cancer development and progress. I discuss these opposing-roles of immunity and highlight how fundamental research performed in laboratories revolutionized cancer therapies. I also review current paradigms on how environmental factors (microbes, nutrients etc.) modulate inflammation and can be leveraged to boost immune health.