Wei Receives $200,000 Grant For Lung Cancer Research

Qingyi Wei, MD, PhDQingyi Wei, MD, PhDIn partnership, Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina and The V Foundation for Cancer Research have awarded a $200,000 grant to Qingyi Wei, MD, PhD, Duke Cancer Institute. The grant funds research on disparities among African-Americans, with a focus on lung cancer patients in North Carolina. Edward Kim, MD, FACP, and David Foureau, PhD, Levine Cancer Institute, also received a $200,000 grant.

According to Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina, in the United States, lung cancer claims more lives than any other cancer and more than breast, colon, and prostate cancers combined, and there is a higher incidence of lung cancer and death from lung cancer in African-Americans compared to all other ethnic groups. Since 2008, Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina has raised more than $1.4 million for lung cancer research.

“We are honored to collaborate again with the V Foundation for Cancer Research to fund these two research grants,” says Paige Humble, executive director of Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina. “Through continued funding of important research, we aim to find new treatments for patients and, bring more important interest to clinical research in lung cancer.  

The V Foundation’s funding comes from the Richard Jones Fund and the Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund. Mary Ella Jones established the Richard Jones Fund in 2012 with a $50,000 pledge to the V Foundation after the passing of her husband, Richard Foster Jones, a 10-year lung cancer survivor. The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund honors the late celebrated ESPN sportscaster and University of North Carolina graduate and assists some of the most vulnerable and disproportionately impacted communities battling cancer.  

Lung Cancer Initiative hosts multiple events each year to support research and education in North Carolina. The organization's 2018 LUNGe Forward 5K will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, in Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information or to register, visit LUNGe Forward 5K. For more information on the efforts of the organization and ways to get involved, visit Lung Cancer Initiative of North Carolina.