Three local leaders join BCRFA Board of Cirectors; veteran volunteer begins term as Chair.
New Members Appointed to Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama Medical Advisory Council
This month the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) proudly welcomed four new researchers to its Medical Advisory Council (MAC) from research institutes across the state.
New members include:
- Deepa Bedi, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL)
- Joel L. Berry, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Astound Research, Inc. (Birmingham, AL)
- Manoj K. Mishra, Ph.D., Professor and Director of the Cancer Biology Research and Training Program at Alabama State University (Montgomery, AL)
- Gabrielle Rocque, M.D., MSPH, Associate Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
The MAC is a group of volunteer scientists that assist in raising awareness for the organization’s mission, especially within the breast cancer research community, ensuring the most-promising research initiatives from across Alabama are submitted for consideration to the BCRFA upon its annual Request for Proposals. All experts in their field, members assist with a scientific review of the proposals received, guaranteeing that the resources invested by the BCRFA are advancing innovative, dynamic ideas.
“We are thrilled to announce the addition of four exceptional individuals to our Medical Advisory Council,” said Beth Davis, BCRFA President & CEO. “Their expertise will further strengthen our mission and propel us towards groundbreaking advancements in breast cancer research. Together, we will continue to prioritize innovative ideas and make a lasting impact on the lives of those affected by this disease.”
The four new members join eight veteran members from Southern Research (Birmingham, AL), CerFlux, Inc. (Birmingham, AL), HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology (Huntsville, AL), Seagen (Bothell, WA), University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa, AL), University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Mitchell Cancer Institute at the University of South Alabama (Mobile, AL), and Auburn University (Auburn, AL).
This year, the BCRFA releases its annual Request for Proposals on August 1. MAC members will review the proposals and make funding recommendations in the fall. BCRFA grant awards will be announced in December.
About the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama
Founded in 1996, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to find a cure for breast cancer by funding promising breast cancer research in Alabama and raising community awareness and funding for that research. BCRFA funds promote a comprehensive approach to battling breast cancer by fueling collaborative and innovative research to help diagnose, treat, prevent, and eradicate the disease. Thanks to generous community support, BCRFA’s lifetime investment in life-saving research is nearly $14 million. All funding stays in Alabama, but the impact is worldwide. Learn more about our mission and breakthroughs at www.bcrfa.org.