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PCF to Fund More Than 30 New Projects to Accelerate Prostate Cancer Research

PCF Continues Vigorous Funding of Innovative Cancer Research Projects That Would Otherwise be Left Unfunded in Today’s Economy

January 6, 2010 -- The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) announced that it will fund at least 10 new Creativity and 20 new multi-year Young Investigator Awards in the first half of 2010. These grants will support innovative research ideas and encourage new ideas from some of the brightest young minds in the field of cancer research. This new round of funding will support many projects that would otherwise be left unfunded due to cutbacks in federal funding and the global recession.

“We are delighted to announce that we will be funding more than 30 new game-changing research projects in 2010 in addition to the 48 research programs that we are already supporting,” commented Jonathan W. Simons, M.D., president, CEO and David H. Koch Chair of the Prostate Cancer Foundation. “The commitment of our donors enables us to continue advancing cancer research at a time when other funding sources are shrinking. In 2009, PCF donors contributed more than U.S. $36.5 million—just shy of our 2008 total of $37.2 million—to support PCF’s research enterprise. Gifts to the PCF ranged from $5.00 to $5 million. We are grateful to our supporters, both large and small, for making ongoing research progress against prostate cancer possible.”

PCF funded 10 Creativity Awards in 2009 and 20 Young Investigators in 2008. The foundation will release its list of 2010 Young Investigators in March. The deadline for the Creativity Awards Request for Applications is January 31. Complete information on PCF grant programs can be found in the Research and Grants section of PCF’s website.

“PCF’s Creativity and Young Investigator programs are designed to accelerate scientific research and discovery for funding new treatments and ultimately cures for this disease,” commented Howard Soule, PhD, PCF’s chief science officer responsible for overseeing the foundation’s funded research programs. “Traditionally, 70 percent of our Creativity Award recipients go on to earn additional funding for their programs. Our Young Investigators are the human capital bringing new ideas to cancer research. They are energizing the fight against prostate as well as other cancers.”


About the Prostate Cancer Foundation

The Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s largest philanthropic source of support for prostate cancer research focused on discovering better treatments and a cure for prostate cancer. Founded in 1993, the PCF has raised more than $370 million and provided funding to more than 1,500 research projects at nearly 200 institutions worldwide. The PCF also advocates for greater awareness of prostate cancer and more governmental research funds. PCF advocacy has helped produce a 20-fold increase in government funding for prostate cancer since 1994. More information about prostate cancer and the PCF can be found at www.pcf.org.

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