2011 Komen Breast Cancer Research Grants Program

Male and Femal ResearchersWe are really excited today to announce $58 million for new research through our 2011 Susan G. Komen for the Cure grants program. Some $55 million will go to 80 research projects and another $3 million will fund patient support programs and conferences.

You can find the full slate here, but we’d like to call out our two big Promise Grants for 2011.  Promise Grants are the multi-million dollar, multi-year grants we launched in 2008, designed to get theories out of the lab and to the bedside quickly. With today’s announcement, we now have 16 of these large grants being funded, with 16 clinical trials either underway or on tap for the coming year.

New this year is a $6.5 million Promise Grant to the University of California at San Francisco to look at genetic interventions to the immune system to treat triple negative breast cancer – an aggressive form of the disease more commonly diagnosed in African American women.  In St. Louis, a $6.5 million grant to researchers at Washington University could lead to a personalized vaccine to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer.

Imagine that.  A personalized vaccine that could keep cancer from coming back. That would be a big breakthrough, and that’s what we’re after – big breakthroughs. We’ve been after them since we began funding research nearly 30 years ago, and with $610 million invested to date, we’re proud to say that we’ve touched every major advance in breast cancer science since then.

The research is getting results: mortality rates have declined by 31% in the U.S. since 1990, 5-year U.S. survival rates are 98% for early stage breast cancers, and there are today more effective treatments for many women with this disease.

But as we all know, there’s a lot left to understand, so we’re going after the really tough questions:  how breast cancer forms, how it grows and spreads, how to stop it if it does spread, why some racial or ethnic groups have worse outcomes from the disease, and whether it’s possible to prevent breast cancer entirely.

Your support will help us get to those answers – hopefully very soon.  Thanks for all that you do to help save lives.

Read about our 2011 grants program and view the full slate of Board-approved grants.

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Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.