In March 2012, the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation’s Board of Directors approved a new Research Awards Program, the first dedicated exclusively to funding cutaneous lymphoma research.
The signature funding initiative of the Research Awards Program (RAP), was the CLARIONS Grant Program, which stands for Curing Cutaneous Lymphoma by Advancing Research, Innovation and Offering New Solutions. This research grant program supports investigators interested in conducting innovative cutaneous lymphoma research. The grants provided helped to uncover causes and improve the treatment and quality of life for patients. Leading to the discovery of new avenues for better therapies and, one day, a cure for cutaneous lymphoma are key goals of this program.
The CLARIONS Research Award Program funded eight researchers, with a total of fourteen awards, equaling $350,000 in direct research support. The Foundation is very proud to have been part of these research efforts. We look forward to continuing to share the milestones of this work in our annual Research Report. The success of CLARIONS has proven the importance of the the Research Award Program and justified the ongoing need for our future programs.
“As someone who has worked with the Foundation since its inception, it’s especially rewarding to see the launch of the CLARIONS grant program. We’ve been hearing the voices of our patients who have shown tremendous interest in research. We are thrilled to bring this program to the cutaneous lymphoma community,” commented Stuart R. Lessin, M.D., President of the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation.
“Research is a vital part of the mission of the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation, and we’re committed to funding promising cutaneous lymphoma research. We look forward to working collaboratively with scientists, clinicians, patients, supporters and partners who share in our passion for bringing improved treatments to patients,” expressed Pierluigi Porcu, M.D., the Foundation’s Medical Affairs Research Committee Chair and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology, Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
As the Cutaneous Lymphoma Foundation’s CLARIONS Research Award program concludes we are working hard to outline what comes next. It is our intention to continue to focus our support on investigators embarking on innovative research with a focus in cutaneous lymphoma.
Stay tuned as we plan to announce the next phase of the Foundation’s research awards soon!