Conference objective: To bring together state-funded researchers to discuss their research studies and current findings. The Cancer Symposium provides an opportunity for new collaboration on research studies that can further build the cancer research capabilities in Florida.
BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Cancer is the second leading cause of death for Floridians, with heart disease being number one. Since 2001, the Florida Legislature has recognized the need to support vital research conducted in both academic and private institutions throughout the state through the William G. “Bill” Bankhead Jr. and David Coley Cancer Research (Bankhead-Coley) Program (Section 381.922, Florida Statutes), the James and Esther King Biomedical Research (King) Program (section 215.5602, Florida Statutes), and Live Like Bella Pediatric Cancer Research (Bella) Initiative (section 381.922, Florida Statutes).
Research awards are made annually based on scientific merit to universities and cancer research centers across the state, to support researchers for improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Awards are based on scientific merit, as determined by independent peer review by experts located outside Florida who are free from conflicts of interest. Full-time researchers at any Florida-based university or established research institution are eligible to apply.
This symposium brought together state-funded researchers to discuss their research studies and current findings. All of these researchers were funded through at least one of these following programs:
WILLIAM G. “BILL” BANKHEAD, JR., AND DAVID COLEY CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM
JAMES AND ESTHER KING BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM
LIVE LIKE BELLA PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH INITIATIVE
For more information on the programs and to read a synopsis of each research study, please go to this link.