MD Anderson Cancer Center has named eight innovative researchers to the second annual class of Andrew Sabin Family Fellows. The Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship Program provides $100,000 in funding per fellow over two years through a $30 million endowed gift to encourage creative, high-impact cancer research.
"It's been exciting to observe the inaugural eight fellows as their research has progressed during the first year of the Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship Program, and we're equally impressed with the 2017 class," said Andrew Sabin, a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors. "The program now nurtures 16 brilliant minds focused on finding an end to this terrible disease. My family looks forward to seeing their impact grow exponentially over the coming year. We're proud to know our gift already is making a difference for people suffering from cancer."
The Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship program awards up to eight cancer research fellowships annually to support research in four categories: basic science, clinical cancer research, physician-scientist and population and quantitative science. The generous funding over two years frees young researchers to pursue potentially practice-changing science rather than spend the bulk of their time writing grants.
Sabin, of East Hampton, New York, is president of Sabin Metal Corporation, the largest privately owned precious metals refiner and recycler in the country. An avid environmentalist, conservationist and wildlife enthusiast, he devotes much of his time and energy to advocating on a national level for increased funding for cancer research.
2017 Andrew Sabin Family Fellows
Members of the second annual class of Sabin Family Fellows and their areas of focus are:
Inaugural Sabin Family Fellows
Report progress in cancer research
From basic science to better decision-making tools, eight young oncologists, now in their second year as Andrew Sabin Family Fellows, are blazing new trails in their various fields. The inaugural fellows, announced in April 2016, say the funds have enabled them to pursue innovative projects aimed at making a difference for cancer patients and their families everywhere.
We asked: What has your Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship enabled you to accomplish?
"Conduct a project that examines the use of high flow oxygen and air to relieve shortness of breath, or air hunger, in cancer patients, a common symptom for which few treatment options are available."
David Hui, M.D., associate professor, Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine and General Oncology