The Results Are In!
We have finished our 2011 CRF survey and have compiled the results. We are pleased to announce that among our respondents the Cancer Research Foundation’ mission and strategy received almost universal support.
A quick summary of the results from the survey are as follows: With regards to whether research is the best hope in the fight against cancer, all respondents answered positively and more than half enthusiastically responded “Absolutely!” When queried whether it is important that an organization like ours be run efficiently, with low overhead costs, so that the most money possible can be put directly to supporting scientific research, respondents were similarly positive, and we are pleased that people agree with the foundation’s lean operating strategy.
We also asked whether basic science was the best place to invest cancer research funds. Here respondent answers were only slightly less enthusiastic; people all agreed that basic science was an important but also pointed out their interest in applied research.
Finally, in response to our quest regarding whether “Team Science,” which brings together scientists from different disciplines and allows them to work collectively, is likely to provide the greatest potential breakthroughs in cancer science, our respondents were slightly more circumspect, with some people responding “I suppose.” At the Cancer Research Foundation, we do believe that interdisciplinary science is one of the best ways to look for “game changing” ideas in cancer research. We know that cancer is most often the result of a complex system and believe that there are aspects to the development of cancer that cannot be captured by “reductive” science. This belief informs the Cancer Research Foundation’s support for the Interdisciplinary Leukemia Project, which focuses six different sub-projects, couched in different scientific disciplines, on a single type of leukemia in the hopes that in this case “the sum will produce results greater than its parts.” To learn more about the Interdisciplinary Leukemia Project, click here.
One purpose driving the 2011 Cancer Research Survey was to get more of our donors to sign up for our mailing list and in order to give people an added incentive, we held a drawing for a $100 gift card. Any respondent to the survey was automatically entered into the drawing and we are pleased to announce that the winner of the gift card is Mr. Andrew Butts. Congratulations, Andrew, and thank you to everyone who took part in the 2011 Cancer Research Foundation Survey!
"I owe a great deal to the Cancer Research Foundation for giving me a head start. This financial help made the difference between my getting a fast and successful start, and my other wise struggling to obtain the necessary funds to get my research program started."Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology and Human Genetics University of Chicago
April 30, 2010