ThyCa Plans To Award Two New Research Grants in 2009 – Proposals Due January 31, 2009, for ThyCa’s 2009 Thyroid Cancer Research Grants

In 2009, for the seventh year in a row, ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc. will award new grants for thyroid cancer research, ThyCa Executive Director Gary Bloom has announced.

ThyCa will award two new grants in 2009. Each grant will be for 2 years. One grant will support research on follicular-cell-derived thyroid cancer, including papillary, follicular, anaplastic, and variants. The other grant will support research on medullary thyroid cancer.

The ThyCa Research grants are open to all researchers and institutions worldwide.

An independent expert panel of the American Thyroid Association (ATA) will select the grant recipients. ATA is the professional association of clinicians and researchers concerned with thyroid diseases.

The deadline for submission of a proposal summary to the ATA is January 31, 2009. The ATA Research Committee will rank proposals according to their scientific merit. ATA will notify the authors of selected proposals by early March and will invite them to submit complete grant applications.

“We are grateful all our generous donors and volunteers for making these grants possible,” said ThyCa Executive Director Gary Bloom. “More thyroid cancer research is urgently needed, to better understand thyroid cancer and find cures for all thyroid cancer. We greatly appreciate the ATA’s support in our research grant process.”

The ThyCa grants, begun in 2003, are the first-ever thyroid cancer research grants to be funded entirely by thyroid cancer patients, caregivers, and friends.

ThyCa has awarded its grants to researchers at the following institutions:

  • Cochin Institut, Paris, France
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and Medical University of Gdansk, Poland
  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York
  • Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois
  • University Hospital Duesseldorf in Duesseldorf, Germany
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)/Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Health Care System, Los Angeles, California.
  • University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas

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

To find out more about the ThyCa Research Funds and annual Rally for Research, visit

ThyCa invites everyone to join us in our quest to find a cure for all thyroid cancer.

ThyCa is a national nonprofit 501 (c)(3) service organization of thyroid cancer survivors, families, and health care professionals advised by nationally recognized experts on thyroid cancer. ThyCa is dedicated to education, support, communication, awareness for early detection, and thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants.

ThyCa sponsors a broad array of free support services and resources, available worldwide. These include ThyCa’s award-winning educational web site with more than 650 pages, the ThyCa Person To Person Network providing one-to-one support matched by type of thyroid cancer, more than 70 local support groups, 10 e-mail support groups for different types and situations with thyroid cancer, and a toll-free survivors’ telephone number.

Further resources include a free monthly online newsletter, the free downloadable Low-Iodine Cookbook, free patient information packets, numerous materials including the cookbook in Spanish, and seminars, one-day educational workshops, and the annual International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference.

The 12th International Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Conference will take place October 16-18, 2009, near Boston, Massachusetts, at the Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel in Danvers, Massachusetts.

In addition, ThyCa sponsors Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month plus year-round awareness campaigns. Free awareness and outreach materials are available at any time from ThyCa.

ThyCa also sponsors thyroid cancer research fundraising and research grants, in support of the goal of cures for all thyroid cancer.

Information about thyroid cancer, ThyCa’s free support services and publications, events, and research fundraising and research grants is available by writing to P.O. Box 1102, Olney, MD 20830-1102, e-mailing to, calling 877-588-7904, faxing to 630-604-6078, or visiting the ThyCa web site.