ThyCa Funds New Grants for Thyroid Cancer Research: 100% of Funds Go to Research

We are proud to announce the 2006 ThyCa grants, including two new grants and two continuation grants. ThyCa’s grants are the first-ever thyroid cancer research grants to be funded entirely by thyroid cancer patients, caregivers, and friends. Together, we are making a difference in our dream of finding cures for everyone with our disease!

This year’s ThyCa grant recipients include:

2006/2007 ThyCa Grants (2-year grants):

  • Lionel Groussin, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Endocrine Department, Cochin Institut, Paris, France. Dr. Groussin will examine the possibility that two particular enzymes in thyroid cells have roles in suppressing thyroid cancer.
  • Xianmin Xia, Ph.D., Research Associate, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.Dr. Xia will examine the effect of a small portion of a tumor suppressor protein on the proliferation of human medullary thyroid cancer cells, as well as poorly differentiated papillary thyroid cancer cells and anaplastic thyroid cancer cells.

In addition, ThyCa is awarding second year of funding to its two 2005 grant recipients, to:

  • Dr. Schott, who is conducting research on medullary thyroid cancer at the University Hospital Duesseldorf in Duesseldorf, Germany, and to Dr. Sturgis, who is conducting research on papillary thyroid cancer at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Thanks to all of us, who have joined together to raise funds for thyroid cancer research. Whether small or large, all of our contributions count. In fact, ThyCa’s research grants are made possible thanks to numerous donations of $25 and $50.

Together, we are able to accomplish what most of us cannot do individually—fund research toward cures for all thyroid cancers!

ThyCa has two Research Funds. One fund supports research of follicular-cell-derived thyroid cancer, including papillary, follicular, anaplastic, and variants. The other fund supports research of medullary thyroid cancer.

Both funds welcome contributions of any size. ThyCa is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Our Research grants are open to all researchers and institutions worldwide. An independent expert panel of the American Thyroid Association (ATA), the leading professional organization of thyroidologists in the U.S., evaluates the grant proposals and selects the projects to be funded.

ATA donates this crucial peer review service to ThyCa, ensuring that 100% of all money donated for research goes directly into research. ThyCa extends thanks from all of us to the ATA for its wonderful support.

In 2003, ThyCa proudly awarded our first thyroid cancer research grant. We continue to award at least one grant per year. In 2005 and 2006, we awarded two 2-year grants.

Grant recipients from 2003 – 2005 include:

2005/2006 ThyCa Grants (2-year grants):

  • Matthias Schott, M.D., University Hospital Duesseldorf, Duesseldorf, Germany
  • Erich M. Sturgis, M.D., M.P.H., University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

2004 ThyCa Grant:

  • Sareh Parangi, M.D., Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

2003 ThyCa Grant:

  • Xiulong Xu, Ph.D., Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

We invite you all to join us in our quest to find a cure for all Thyroid Cancer.

Our thanks to all our generous donors and volunteers for making these grants possible.

To find out more about our Research Funds and Rally for Research, visit