HERA Foundation Announces New Award for Ovarian Cancer Research

April 28, 2011

Annual award will grant $50,000 towards ovarian cancer cause, early detection and treatment research.

Denver, Colo. (April 28, 2011) – The Sean Patrick Multidisciplinary Collaborative Ovarian Cancer Research Award will provide funding for a project focused on the cause, early detection, treatment, and/or understanding of ovarian cancer. The award is named after Sean Patrick who founded HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation in 2002.  HERA’s mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting health, empowerment, research, and awareness. 

Patrick was frustrated by the lack of government funding for ovarian cancer in comparison to that of other types of cancer.  This award aims to close that funding gap and motivate collaboration amongst scientists to find new treatments.

Patrick also believed that the therapies with the most potential would be created by combining quality ideas from different labs and possibly different fields.   Therefore, this grant application must identify two (or more) scientists with different yet corresponding skills and explain how these skills will be helpful in addressing the ovarian cancer problem.

This grant is created in honor of Sean Patrick’s vision and aims to give scientists the opportunity to collaborate and test ideas that may not be supported by other agencies.

The application deadline is June 1.  More information regarding eligibility is available at http://herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com/programs-research/science-grants/application-process-2/

The HERA Foundation supports additional Science Grants as well.  Applications and questions should be directed to Meg Steitz, HERA’s Executive Director, at meg@herafoundation.beta.mystagedsite.com, or (970) 948-7360.

The HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to stop the loss of women from ovarian cancer by promoting Health, Empowerment, Research, and Awareness.  As a nationally recognized ovarian cancer organization, HERA provides funding for cutting-edge research grants to scientists at respected medical institutions.  In so doing, HERA attracts more young researchers to expand the scientific understanding of ovarian cancer while improving the lives of those battling the disease.  In addition, HERA awards grants to local community groups to raise awareness about the disease in novel and unusual ways.  More information is available at www.herafoundation.org.

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