Conquer Cancer Foundation Recognizes Global Oncology Researchers with International Innovation Grant

March 20, 2017

CONTACT: Gina Comottor

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) announced today the recipients of its 2017 International Innovation Grant. The one-year grant of up to $20,000, given directly to each awardee’s nonprofit organization or government agency, funds research projects aimed at improving cancer care in low- and middle-income countries that have the potential to be transferable to settings in other developing countries. This year, four International Innovation Grants will support innovative projects in Peru, Lebanon, Mexico, and Nigeria, focusing on the early diagnosis of childhood cancer, toxicity management, and enhancing palliative care.

“These deserving recipients are working to address the specific needs of their communities, but their discoveries will also broaden our global understanding of cancer care,” said Thomas G. Roberts, Jr, MD, Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. “Whether their International Innovation Grant projects encourage adherence or result in early diagnosis, they are collectively bringing us another step closer to realizing our vision of a world free from the fear of cancer.” 

The recipients selected for the 2017 International Innovation Grants are:

  • AMEROM (Medical Association of Clinical Oncology of Peru)
    Liliana Vasquez, MD
    ONCO-PEDS (Pediatric-Early-Diagnosis-System): A novel mobile application for early diagnosis and referral in childhood cancer
  • American University of Beirut Medical Center
    Raya Saab, MD
    Targeted education for general practitioners with development and application of a workflow for rapid second opinion, to promote early diagnosis and referral of children with suspected solid tumors
  • Centro Oncológico Estatal ISSEMYM
    Saul Campos Gomez, MD, MSc
    Remote management of oral chemotherapy: development and assessment of an e-tool for adherence and management of toxicities for a Mexican Public Health System
  • College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus
    Tonia Onyeka, MBBS
    Enhancing palliative care in rural south-east Nigeria: use of an app for symptom management

To learn more about the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO International Innovation Grant, visit CONQUER.ORG/innovation. The grant application period for the 2018 International Innovation Grant will open on July 1, 2017.


About the Conquer Cancer Foundation 
The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) was created by the world’s foremost cancer doctors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology to seek dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment, and cures of all types of cancer. Toward the vision of a world free from the fear of cancer, CCF works to conquer this disease by funding breakthrough cancer research and sharing cutting-edge knowledge with patients and physicians worldwide and by improving the quality of care and access to care, enhancing the lives of all who are touched by cancer. For more information, visit CONQUER.ORG.