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New Fellowship Opportunity for Clinical/Translational Sarcoma Research

February 11, 2013
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The AACR’s call for grant applications is open now through Feb. 26, 2013.

PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the WWWW Foundation (QuadW) and the Communities Foundation of Texas. This partnership has established the QuadW Foundation-AACR Fellowship for Clinical/Translational Sarcoma Research grant opportunity, which will provide for a one-year grant to support innovative sarcoma research.

The grant recipient will receive $50,000 over the grant term, which begins July 1, 2013, and also complimentary registration to the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 to be held April 6-10 in Washington, D.C. Formal acceptance of the grant and announcement of the grant recipient will be observed at the Annual Meeting Grants Reception and Dinner on April 9.

“The AACR is very pleased to collaborate with the QuadW Foundation in offering this fellowship for sarcoma research,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. “Although sarcomas are rare cancers, representing about 1 percent of all cancer cases diagnosed each year in the United States, there are 40 different subtypes of sarcoma and there is a compelling need for new therapeutic strategies to improve survival rates. This generous grant opportunity will have a profound effect on the career of a promising young investigator by providing funding for innovative, transformative research.”

The fellowship encourages and supports postdoctoral or clinical research fellows who are engaged in clinical or translational sarcoma research.

“QuadW seeks to facilitate progress in innovative sarcoma research. We are gratified that the AACR is interested in identifying and encouraging rising talent in this area, and we are delighted to add our support,” said Mac Tichenor, executive director of QuadW. QuadW – which stands for ‘What Would Willie Want?’ – was established in memory of Willie Tichenor, who died of osteosarcoma in 2006 at the age of 19. The foundation now honors Willie’s memory by working to find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, for sarcoma.

Candidates for the QuadW Foundation-AACR Fellowship for Clinical/Translational Sarcoma Research must possess a doctoral degree and cannot be enrolled in any program to obtain additional doctoral or professional degrees. At the start of the grant term, applicants must be within the first five years of a postdoctoral or clinical research fellowship and working under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical or research institution anywhere in the world. Grant applications will be reviewed by the AACR’s Scientific Review Committee, which is comprised of top scientists who are leaders in the field of sarcoma research. Applications must be received by noon ET on Feb. 26, 2013, using the proposalCENTRAL website. A paper application must also be submitted to: American Association for Cancer Research, 615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Attn: Hanna Hopfinger.

Learn more about the QuadW Foundation-AACR Fellowship for Clinical/Translational Sarcoma Research and application eligibility criteria.

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About the American Association for Cancer Research
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 34,000 laboratory, translational and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in more than 90 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 20 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 17,000 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the scientific partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration and scientific oversight of team science and individual grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. For more information, visit Follow the AACR on Twitter @aacr #aacr and on Facebook

About the QuadW Foundation
The QuadW Foundation (What Would Willie Want?) was founded in memory of Willie Tichenor who died in 2006, at 19 years old, of osteosarcoma. Out of pain and loss, Willie’s family and friends established QuadW, redirecting the lens of hope that had focused on curing Willie to finding better treatments and cures for sarcoma, as well as supporting his passions of transformative mission and higher education. For more information, visit

About the Communities Foundation of Texas
As the largest community foundation in Texas and one of the largest in the nation, Communities Foundation of Texas (CFT) works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen our community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grant making initiatives. The foundation professionally manages nearly 900 charitable funds and has awarded over $1.2 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. For more information, visit

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