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Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge Now Open

from Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge presented by The Obesity Society: Obesity and Cancer Section

The Challenge
Junior investigators are invited to submit a one-page letter of intent (LOI) in response to the Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Find more about Komen’s Bold Goal:

Specifically, the research described in the LOI should focus on answering one of the following questions relevant to Komen's Bold Goal:
  1. Is the development of specific subtypes of breast cancer associated with obesity? What factors contribute to patients with obesity having an elevated risk of recurrence or developing metastatic breast cancer?
  2. How does obesity influence the efficacy of breast cancer treatments?
  3. Does obesity contribute to breast cancer disparities? Are patients with obesity of a specific race or ethnicity at a higher risk of having poor clinical outcomes?
  4. Do diet and/or exercise interventions reduce the risk of recurrence alone or is it the associated weight loss that reduces the risk of having a recurrence or developing metastatic breast cancer? What are the mechanisms associated with weight, diet, and/or exercise that influence the onset of breast cancer recurrence?
Applications from across the translational continuum are invited, from genes to geography.

Junior investigators are defined broadly as:
  1. Completed doctoral level training less than 8 years ago.
  2. Holds a position of post-doc, fellow, or assistant professor at an academic institution.
  3. No citizenship requirement (international applicants welcome).
Submission and Selection
The LOI is due October 4, 2019 by noon EST, and can be submitted to Shameeka Green at

A panel of experts from basic, clinical, and population sciences, along with a breast cancer research advocate, will review the LOIs and choose 5 semi-finalists. All semi-finalists must attend The Obesity Society’s (TOS) Obesity and Cancer Section meeting at the 2019 ObesityWeek® conference to be eligible as a finalist. The 5 semi-finalist will have 10-minutes to present their proposal with 3 finalist chosen based on the presentations.

Three awardees will be selected at the Obesity and Cancer Section meeting at the 2019 ObesityWeek® conference. Each grantee will receive a $5,000 award to be used to conduct the research proposed in their LOI/presentation. The period of funding for the pilot program will be for one year. All three winners will be asked to provide a final written report. The grantee will also have to present the results of their pilot studies at the 2020 ObesityWeek® conference in Atlanta, GA during a session devoted to results from Susan G. Komen® Breast Cancer Challenge.

TOS's Obesity and Cancer Section meeting will be held on Wednesday November 5, 2019 from 10:15am-11:45am at the Mandalay Bay South Convention Center Mandalay Bay C. more

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