Media Room--We can provide journalists with expert commentary on topics like:  

  • Challenges facing early career scientists, and new technologies and trends in cancer research (all forms of cancer)
  • Connections to bright, articulate early career scientists involved in leading-edge cancer research projects
  • Introductions to scientists and doctors nationwide, and interviews with our President and CEO, Chief Scientific Officer, or others

Contact: Yung S. Lie, PhD, Deputy Director and Chief Scientific Officer, yung.lie@damonrunyon.org, 212.455.0521 

Press releases are listed below.  Visit New Discoveries for breakthroughs from our scientists.

Mission: To accelerate breakthroughs, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation provides today’s best young scientists with funding to pursue innovative cancer research. The Foundation supports emerging leaders who have great potential to achieve breakthroughs in how we diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. Since its founding in 1946, the Foundation has invested over $340 million and funded over 3,650 young scientists. 100% of all donations to the Foundation are used to support scientific research. 

April 16, 2018

BRONX, New York – April 17, 2018 – On Sunday, April 15, 2018, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation held its 10th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium. Over $400,000 was raised at the event with 100% of donations fueling cutting-edge research by brilliant, early career scientists.

March 28, 2018
South San Francisco, CA (March 28, 2018) – Today, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation (Damon Runyon) held the seventh annual Accelerating Cancer Cures Research Symposium.
February 5, 2018

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting innovative early career researchers, named 15 new Damon Runyon Fellows at its fall Fellowship Award Committee review. The recipients of this prestigious, four-year award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators across the country. The Committee also named six new recipients of the Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists.


January 23, 2018

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation announced that ten scientists with innovative approaches have been named 2018 recipients of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award. Five initial grants were awarded to support projects that have the potential to significantly impact cancer. In addition, continued “Stage 2” support (two more years of funding) was granted to five awardees who demonstrated significant progress on their research during the first two years of the award.


December 11, 2017

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation today announced that Robert Thompson has joined its team as Chief Philanthropy Officer. Robert will work closely with the Foundation’s leadership and the Board of Directors to achieve the mission of Damon Runyon to find new ways to prevent and cure all forms of cancer and help the organization resource its ambitions.

July 26, 2017

New York, NY (July 26, 2017) – The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has named four outstanding young scientists as recipients of the prestigious Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Fellowship Award, committing nearly $1 million to help address a critical shortage of funding for pediatric cancer research.


July 14, 2017

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation named 18 new Damon Runyon Fellows at its spring Fellowship Award Committee review. The recipients of this prestigious, four-year award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators across the country. The Fellowship encourages the nation's most promising young scientists to pursue careers in cancer research by providing them with independent funding to work on innovative projects that have the potential to impact cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.


July 3, 2017

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation named five new Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators at its spring 2017 Clinical Investigator Award Committee review. The recipients of this prestigious three-year award are outstanding early career physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research at major research centers under the mentorship of the nation’s leading scientists and clinicians. The Foundation also awarded Continuation Grants to three Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators. The Continuation Grant is designed to support Clinical Investigators who are approaching the end of their original awards and need extra time and funding to complete a promising avenue of research or initiate/continue a clinical trial.


June 30, 2017

To help increase the number of physician-scientists, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has created the new Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award, which provides physicians who have earned an MD degree and completed clinical specialty fellowship training the opportunity to gain the research experience they need to become leaders in translational and clinical research. Damon Runyon announced that four scientists with novel approaches to fighting cancer have been named the 2017 recipients of the award.


May 24, 2017

BRONX, New York – May 24, 2017 –  On Saturday, July 15, 2017, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation will hold the 9th Annual Runyon 5K at Yankee Stadium – and 100 percent of funds raised will directly support innovative cancer research by brilliant, early career scientists.