FAIRFAX, Va. – July 1, 2016 – Bite Me Cancer, a national nonprofit based in Fairfax, Va., that supports teenagers with cancer and raises funds for thyroid cancer research, announced today that Dr. Irene Min of Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, is the recipient of the group’s third research grant.
The $57,500-grant is being administered in conjunction with Bite Me Cancer’s partner, The American Thyroid Association.
“It is my great honor to be awarded for the thyroid cancer research,” Dr. Min said. “This means a lot to me because I have been trying hard to establish a new project on thyroid cancer and to obtain funding that supports the project with independence.”
“We are very excited about the research Dr. Min will be doing and that Bite Me Cancer and its wonderful supporters can help further her work, “ said Nikki Ferraro, a thyroid cancer survivor who founded Bite Me Cancer six years ago.
Dr. Min received her B.S. in Biology from Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea and her M.Phil from the Department of Physiology, from Cambridge University in England. She earned a Ph.D in Genetics from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.
An experienced basic research scientist with a focus in stem cell biology, genetics and genomics, Dr. Min’s main interests are understanding transcription regulation in stem cells and cancer, and developing therapeutic tools to target specific pathway to examine the functional consequences in cell growth and to further advance related technologies for diagnostics and therapeutics.
Bite Me Cancer’s first grant funded a thyroid cancer research project at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The group’s second grant supported thyroid cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.
Bite Me Cancer is close to securing a majority of the funding needed to fund a fourth thyroid cancer research grant.
Thyroid cancer is the third most diagnosed cancer among children between the ages of 15-19 in the U.S., according to the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. Thyroid Cancer is also one of the fastest-increasing cancer in both men and women.
Ferraro was diagnosed with a rare form of thyroid cancer in 2010 when she was 17. She started raising money for cancer research just weeks later even before her first major cancer surgery.
Along with raising funds for thyroid cancer research, the group provides support, encouragement and understanding for teenagers who have been diagnosed with cancer.
The American Thyroid Association, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., is the leading organization devoted to thyroid biology and to the prevention and treatment of thyroid disease through excellence in research, clinical care, education, and public health.
To learn more about Bite Me Cancer to or find out how you can contribute your time or money to support the foundation, please visit www.bitemecancer.org.