Did you know that every major advance in the fight against breast cancer has been touched by Susan G. Komen ®? That we’ve provided more money for breast cancer research and community health programs than any entity besides the U.S. government?

A meaningful portion of the money we receive in central Indiana is dedicated to research that happens in our community, across the United States and all around the world. This money supports the very best research endeavors aimed at discovering breast cancer causes and treatments. And, ultimately, the cures.

Komen’s Investments in Indiana

Susan G. Komen made a nearly $33 million investment in breast cancer research funding in 2016. In Indiana, researchers received $705,000 bringing Komen’s total research investment in Indiana to $27,488,932 since 1982. Learn more here.

At Indiana University:

  • Komen Scholar Bryan Schneider, M.D., will receive $300,000 to continue his research to better understand why some patients suffer chemotherapy-related side effects, such as peripheral neuropathy and therapy-induced heart failure, while others do not. Dr. Schneider will review genetic information and lead a clinical trial to find the underlying cause of these toxicities and develop preventive therapies.
  • Komen Scholar Kathy Miller, M.D., will receive $400,000 to evaluate the safety and impact of an exercise therapy for breast cancer survivors called low-intensity, offloaded-compressive therapy or LOFT. The goal of LOFT is to improve muscle strength, reduce fatigue and increase sleep quality in breast cancer survivors without excessive exertion or strain.

Indiana also has nine ongoing grants, awarded in previous years, including grants to Komen Scholars Sunil Badve, M.D., F.R.C.Path, and Harikrishna Nakshatri, Ph.D.

These new funds bring Komen’s total research investment to more than $920 million since opening its doors in 1982, the largest of any nonprofit outside the U.S. government. In addition to research, Komen and its nationwide network of Affiliates serve women and men in thousands of communities. To date, more than $2 billion has been invested in community programs that provide education, screening and treatment support.

A full list of Komen’s 2016 research grants can be found here.