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Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Research Awards

BETHESDA, Md., Jan. 21, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) is seeking applicants for its 2016 research grant program. The Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award will fund one $300,000 two-year grant to an experienced investigator who will break new ground in the field of bladder cancer. The application process is open and letters of intent are due by February 25.

The Young Investigator Awards will 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. Two awards of $50,000 each over a one-year period will be funded. Applications are due March 16.

The 2016 research guidelines and applications can be found at www.bcan.org/research/grants/.

The foundation of BCAN's research program, first launched in 2013, is to inspire more investigators to join the bladder cancer field, a disease in which more research is desperately needed. To date, BCAN has invested $1.5 million to fund bladder cancer research.

"BCAN is excited to continue to support outstanding researchers in their efforts to improve the understanding and treatment of bladder cancer. Scientific findings from past awardees offer hope to the many individuals diagnosed with this very common cancer," stated Diane Zipursky Quale, Co-Founder and President of BCAN.

For more information, go to www.bcan.org or contact BCAN at 301-215-9099 x 203.

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 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:Stephanie Chisolm (301) 215-9099 schisolm@bcan.orgSource: Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network