The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and the Sohn Conference Foundation have announced the first cohort of young scientists selected to participate in the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Research Fellows program.
Established earlier this year, the program provides funding to young scientists and clinicians conducting research with the potential to significantly affect the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers. This year, Lara Davis, a researcher at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Angela J. Sievert, a researcher at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Leo Wang, a researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, will receive $186,000 each in funding through the program.
"These are some of the best young scientists working in pediatric research today, and they're at a critical juncture in their careers," said William Carroll, MD, chair of the Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Committee and director of the New York University Cancer Institute. "They need our financial support, and we need their brilliant minds focused on curing childhood cancers. That is why this award and the work that Damon Runyon and Sohn do are so important."