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Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Announces Young Investigator Awards

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 6, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) has announced the availability of two research awards of $100,000 each, over a two-year period. The application deadline is March 4, 2015. Qualified applicants may find more information at www.bcan.org.

The Young Investigator Awards fund researchers in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bio-engineering or any other scientific or research field, but who are also working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational bladder cancer research. The program, first launched in 2013, hopes to inspire more investigators to join the bladder cancer field, a disease in which more research is desperately needed. To date, BCAN has invested $600,000 to fund Young Investigator Awards.

Through the generosity of BCAN donors, the eligible awards for 2015 are the Miriam Gleberman Young Investigator Award and the Stephen Hale Gushée Young Investigator Award. The Gushée award was funded by proceeds from the 2014 Palm Beach Shop & Stroll event.

"Advancing quality research is a top priority for BCAN. We are thrilled by the continued support for our Young Investigator Awards and hope this research will yield promising outcomes," stated Diane Zipursky Quale, Co-Founder and President of BCAN.

Young Investigator Award recipients will be notified of their selection in late spring of 2015. For more information, go to www.bcan.org or contact BCAN at 301-215-9099.

About the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network

The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network's (BCAN) mission is to increase public awareness about bladder cancer, advance bladder cancer research, and provide educational and support services for the bladder cancer community.

BCAN serves as the leading voice for bladder cancer in the U.S., providing resources to not only those diagnosed with the disease but their families, caregivers and the medical community united in support of people touched by the disease. The organization is setting the agenda for bladder cancer by promoting and funding collaborative and cutting-edge research programs and providing critical patient support and education services. Each year, it provides thousands of patients, caregivers and the medical community with the educational resources and support services they need to navigate their bladder cancer journey. BCAN works collaboratively with the medical and research professionals who are dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of bladder cancer and empowers the patient community by allowing them to share experiences with others, and to participate in building awareness of the need for a cure. For more information go to www.bcan.org or call 1-888-901-BCAN (2226).

CONTACT: Monica Smith Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network 301-215-9099 x 201 msmith@bcan.orgSource: Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network