The Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) is currently accepting pre-application letters of intent through 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 1, for its 2020 mesothelioma research grant cycle, which offers $100,000 grants over two years.

scientific research 750x420 Meso Foundation seeking letters of intent for 2020 grant cycleThe Meso Foundation’s peer-reviewed grant program provides a comprehensive unbiased process for selecting, awarding and overseeing the most promising mesothelioma research projects. Through the years, the organization has awarded $10.5 million to 111 projects in six countries. The number of grants awarded each year is based solely on the amount received through community donations.

All applications must focus on pleural and/or peritoneal mesothelioma and should address at least one of the following 2020 Areas of Interest:

  • Novel therapies for mesothelioma for both pleural and peritoneal (focus on – targeted therapies, combination
    immunotherapy, cellular therapy, virotherapy).
  • Novel strategies for screening and early detection.
  • Immune-mediated complications of immunotherapy in mesothelioma (monitoring, early detection and management).
  • Improving personalization of therapies (gender and racial differences, targeted therapies and predictive biomarkers).
  • Mechanisms of treatment resistance/failure.
  • Improvement Quality of life in mesothelioma patients (treatment-related /toxicities and survivorship issues).
  • Improvement of Mental Health in mesothelioma patients.
  • Mesothelioma Biology and Etiology (disease-defining molecular pathways, cellular biology, and/or tumor
    microenvironment).

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of the internal organs, such as the lungs or abdomen. It is linked to asbestos exposure. Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that was widely used in the United States in construction and shipbuilding materials and friction products until the 1970s, when its use was restricted. By then, it was well known that asbestos was a human carcinogen. It can take up to 50 years for mesothelioma to develop. Once diagnosed, the prognosis is generally dire, with most people succumbing to their illness within a year or two.

There is no definitive cure for mesothelioma. Treatment may include surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. Research is critical to find new therapies that can prolong the lives of individuals affected by this preventable disease.

To apply for a grant, go to the Meso Foundation grant application page on the Proposal Central website.

Mesothelioma litigation

Beasley Allen lawyers handle mesothelioma claims. They are looking at cases of industrial, occupational and secondary asbestos exposure resulting in lung cancer or mesothelioma as well as claims of asbestos-related talc products linked to mesothelioma. Charlie Stern in our Toxic Torts Section is the lead attorney working on these types of cases. As an experienced mesothelioma lawyer, Charlie is well equipped to tackle asbestos cases, which are highly complicated and require someone with a true understanding of the facts, medical issues, science and law. He is working together with Will Sutton, an experienced lawyer in our Toxic Torts Section. Contact us for more information.

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