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Scientific Research Grants 


Thanks to all the continuing support of Floridians in purchasing the end breast cancer specialty plate as well as in the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation’s network of breast cancer supporters, survivors and activists fighting to end breast cancer, we have invested over $3.6M to fulfill our goal of dedicated funding for education and research programs in the state of Florida.


The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation (FBCF), along with those who generously support us with their talent, time and resources, is working to better the lives of those facing Breast Cancer in the Florida community. Grants are awarded in support of innovative education and research programs throughout Florida.


The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation challenges the scientific community to design innovative research that will foster new directions for, address neglected issues in, and bring new investigators to the field of breast cancer research.  FBCF focuses its funding on innovative projects that have the potential to make a significant impact on breast cancer, particularly those involving multidisciplinary and/or multi-institutional collaborations.


The Florida Breast Cancer Foundation's most recently funded grants are innovative projects in the areas of epidemiological studies of breast cancer, possible links between breast cancer and the environment, and psycho-immunological research.

Important Note

All requests for scientific research funding should be directed to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation Scientific Committee.  


Only through research and education will breast cancer be defeated. Indivdiual donations and funds raised from the sale of the "End Breast Cancer" license plate are used to offer scientific research grants to Florida institutions.  


You, too, can aid breast cancer research.

African American women have higher rates of premenopausal breast cancer than women of European ancestry. They are also more likely to die of breast cancer. Is it possible that there are certain inherited genetic mutations that may explain why? A research team at the University at Buffalo thinks the answer is yes.
Categories: Research2012
African-American Breast Cancer Survivors in the US: Please Join the Jewels in Our Genes Family Study!

A Project Funded by the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the second most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among American women. The chance of developing invasive breast cancer during a woman's lifetime is approximately 12% (1 in 8). It is estimated that over 250,000 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed and over 40,000 women died from breast cancer in 2009. Currently, there are over 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the US and they are facing many challenges for the disease treatment and management. The uncertainties associated with a diagnosis of human breast cancer often result in agonizing decisions for patients as radical treatment options such as surgery must be considered in the face of unsure prognoses.
Categories: Research2011
Interactive Role of Stroma in the Development of Human Breast Carcinoma

The University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center is currently enrolling participants in a new Project CARE program group.
If you, or a black woman you know (Black Caribbean, Black Latina, African American, African, etc.), in Miami Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County, have completed treatment for breast cancer in the past 6 months, this program is for you.
Categories: Research
Project CARE Program is Now Forming a New Group!

FBCF Scientific Research Award Update

Date: November 2, 2011
Alyson K. Freeman (maiden name Alyson K. Fay) received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the University of Massachusetts in 2002. Afterwards, she worked as a research technician in the laboratory of Dr. Junona Moroianu at Boston College until 2004. She then pursued her graduate degree in the Cancer Biology Ph.D. program at the University of South Florida and conducted research in the laboratory of Dr. Alvaro N. A. Monteiro at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute. Three years of her graduate research was funded through a predoctoral award from the Florida Breast Cancer Coalition Research Foundation.
Categories: Research
FBCF Scientific Research Award Update

A team of researchers from the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been awarded a $4 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to study the effects of stress management in Black women (African American, African, Black Caribbean and Black Hispanic) who have finished breast cancer treatment. Suzanne Lechner, Ph.D., research assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology, is principal investigator of the 5-year UM study. The study is dubbed Project CARE, and according to Lechner, is designed to help women Cope, Adapt, Renew, and Empower one another after breast cancer treatment. Lechner hopes to uncover some of the social and psychological factors that affect survivorship among Black women.
Categories: Research
UM/Sylvester Launches Breast Cancer Study for Black Women