Today, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation announced the release of a search tool which will enable users on the organization’s website to easily search through nearly 100 mesothelioma research projects the organization has funded since its inception.
“As we continue funding important research, it has become very important to create easy ways to sort through that research,” said Maja Belamaric, the director of communications for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation. ”This tool enables users to search for projects by search criteria, including the scientist’s name, year funded, institution, and description keywords.”
The tool can be accessed at http://www.curemeso.org/find.
The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation has funded 94 projects amounting to over $9 million in funding. This month, the organization will complete another round of funding and will announce the additional awardees in early January.
The Meso Foundation’s research program follows a rigorous peer-review system modeled after that of the National Institutes of Health. Each year, the Meso Foundation’s Science Advisory Board, a body comprised of world renowned mesothelioma experts, examines and critiques the submitted projects. Those evaluated to be the most promising are submitted to the Foundation’s Board of Directors for funding. The number of grants awarded is based on the amount fund-raised by the organization.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor of the lining of the lung, abdomen, or heart known to be caused by exposure to asbestos. With the life expectancy of less than one year after diagnosis, medical experts consider it one of the most aggressive and deadly of all cancers. An estimated one-third of those who develop mesothelioma were exposed while serving in the Navy or working in shipyards. Currently, few treatment options exist. There is no cure.
About The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
The Meso Foundation is the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating mesothelioma and easing the suffering caused by this cancer. The Meso Foundation actively seeks philanthropic support to fund mesothelioma research; provide patient support services and education; and advocate Congress for increased federal funding for mesothelioma research. The Meso Foundation is the only non-government funder of peer-reviewed scientific research to develop life-saving treatments for this extremely aggressive cancer. To date, the Foundation has awarded over $9 million to research. More information is available at http://www.curemeso.org.