LRF-funded Researcher Earns Additional $2.4 Million to Advance Career

One of the objectives for the Leukemia Research Foundation (LRF) in supporting research projects submitted by New Investigators is for those individuals to advance their research and, as a result, receive continued support in larger amounts from other funders.

Jiwang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director, Stem Cell Program (Oncology Institute) at the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Ill., earned a $100,000 grant from the LRF in 2008 for a project titled The Role of C-MYC in the Pathogenesis of Leukemia Initiation, Progression and Relapse. A description of that project can be found here.

Since that time Dr. Zhang has earned more than $2.4 million in research funding from numerous sources including the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).”

 “The LRF is proud to enable innovative scientists to act on their ideas that will lead to significant breakthroughs,” said LRF Executive Director Kevin Radelet. “Dr. Zhang’s progress and success is impressive and we are honored to have helped advance his career at the early stages.”

The LRF is currently accepting Letters of Intent for research grant submissions for the 2018-2019 funding year. Application guidelines and deadlines are available here.

About the Leukemia Research Foundation
The Leukemia Research Foundation, a 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.

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

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Carl Alston, Director of Communications
630-202-8294 (mobile)

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