Pilot Study Grants Available for Ovarian Cancer Research

Pilot Study Grants Available for Ovarian Cancer Research
Under its Pilot Study Awards program, the Rivkin Center is funding innovative research projects that seek to expand current knowledge about ovarian cancer, the non-profit has announced. Awarded grants will provide up to $75,000 over two years for studies involving newer ideas that are not yet widely accepted, and for those whose results are expected to lay the groundwork for greater research initiatives. Projects showing exceptional progress in their first year may be awarded an additional $25,000 in year two. The deadline for submission is Dec. 1. Ovarian cancer is the second most common gynecological cancer in the U.S., but causes more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. This is because only 20% of patients are diagnosed before the cancer has spread outside the ovaries, when the disease is much easier to treat. About 90% of patients diagnosed at this stage end up living at least five years after their diagnosis, but the five-year survival rate drops to 30% when cancers are diagnosed after spreading to distant regions. Advancing research is key to improve the early diagnosis of this condition and to close the survival gap for patients diagnosed in later stages. The Rivkin Center is now funding small investigator-initiated projects that advance the knowledge of ovarian cancer, and possibly launch research initiatives focused on the disease. While the center is prioritizing innovative and multidisciplinary projects, projects in
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