Leukemia Research Foundation-funded Researcher Earns $1.91 Million Award from NIH

Feng Yue, Ph.D. (left), Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Penn State College of Medicine, has received a five-year, $1.91 million Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Doctor Yue will use the funds to continue his work on genetic variants and their relationship to gene regulation and the DNA of diseases.

Research funding from the Northfield, Ill.-based Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) not only makes a difference by contributing to the current blood cancer body of knowledge to help find a cure, it also advances the careers of New Investigators who are able to continue promising research projects that land additional funding from the NIH.

Initially funded by the LRF in 2016 for a research project titled Identification of Regulatory Variants in Childhood Acute Lymphoblast Leukemia, Dr. Yue’s current award demonstrates the far-reaching impact of LRF research support.

“This is tremendous news,” said Patrick Stiff, M.D., Director of the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola University Medical Center and Chairman of the LRF’s Medical Advisory Board.

“The LRF’s Medical Advisory Board carefully reviews dozens of grants each year and work hard to select the best ones, the ones most likely to lead to breakthroughs and additional funding from the NIH. I recall Dr. Yue's grant and had no doubt that we were helping launch a great career that will lead to further breakthroughs. Congratulations to both Dr. Yue and the LRF for their many years of service to the young researcher community, and to launching the careers of numerous, struggling researchers,” Stiff said.

About the Leukemia Research Foundation
The Leukemia Research Foundation, a CharityNavigator.org 4-Star Charity headquartered in Northfield, Ill., is committed to funding research and providing support to people affected by blood cancers. The Leukemia Research Foundation is dedicated to conquering all blood cancers by funding research into their causes and cures, and enriching the quality of life of those touched by these diseases. For 71 years, thousands of volunteers and 22 chapters have helped the Foundation raise more than $72 million to help fund research specifically targeting aspiring, eager, and innovative scientists and physicians around the world, provide patient financial assistance, and offer educational and emotional support for patients and their families.

Read the official announcement of Dr. Yue’s research award on the Penn State College of Medicine website. See current and past LRF research funding on the LRF website by clicking here.

Leukemia Research Foundation information is available at www.allbloodcancers.org, or by calling 847-424-0600.


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