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: Peter Cleary, Director of Communications 212-455-0504 or 347-322-9695, email peter.cleary@damonrunyon.org 

Press releases listed below, and 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 $300 million and funded more than 3,500 young scientists. 100% of all donations to the Foundation are used to support scientific research. 

May 23, 2016

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 five scientists with novel approaches to fighting cancer have been named the 2016 recipients of the award.


May 18, 2016

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation yesterday honored Tom Daniel, MD, Chairman, Celgene Research and Bob Hugin, Executive Chairman, Celgene Corporation, at its 2016 Annual Breakfast at Cipriani 42nd Street® in New York City. The Breakfast raised nearly $1.4 million to support the nation’s best and brightest cancer researchers, enabling the talent capable of revolutionizing the prevention, detection, and treatment of all forms of cancer.

March 28, 2016

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting innovative early career researchers, has elected William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD and William Raveis, Jr., to its prestigious Board of Directors.

March 3, 2016

Today, the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation held the fifth annual Accelerating Cancer Cures Research Symposium. The yearly meeting is designed to encourage collaboration between cancer researchers in industry and their counterparts in academia in order to overcome many of the issues that currently impede progress against cancer. Hosted by Celgene, the meeting included academic researchers from top universities and research institutions as well as scientists from Celgene, Eli Lilly and Company, Genentech, Merck, Pfizer, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co.


January 26, 2016

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is deeply saddened by the passing of Dale F. Frey, past Chairman of its Board of Directors, one of its greatest champions and dear friend. Through his vision, passion and relentless dedication to cancer research, he had a lasting impact on human life. Under Dale’s leadership for over 16 years, the Foundation grew exponentially and funded top young scientists in cancer research whose discoveries have dramatically advanced progress against cancer. He led the Foundation with the same wisdom and entrepreneurial spirit he used as the first Chairman of General Electric Asset Management.  In 2010, the Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists was established in his honor to support the most outstanding young cancer researchers in the nation.  Our hearts go out to his wife, Betty Ann, and his children and grandchildren. 


January 21, 2016

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation named 19 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 four new recipients of the Damon Runyon-Dale F. Frey Award for Breakthrough Scientists. This award provides additional funding to scientists completing a prestigious Damon Runyon Fellowship Award who have greatly exceeded the Foundation’s highest expectations and are most likely to make paradigm-shifting breakthroughs that transform the way we prevent, diagnose and treat cancer.


January 13, 2016

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation announced that seven scientists with novel approaches to fighting cancer have been named 2016 recipients of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award. The grant of $300,000 over two years is awarded each year to early career scientists whose projects have the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Each awardee will have the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding (up to four years total for $600,000).


November 15, 2015

On Sunday, November 15, the Runyon 5K drew over 2,700 runners, walkers, cancer survivors, and supporters to Yankee Stadium. Since the first event in 2009, the Runyon 5K has raised more than $3.5 million to support Damon Runyon cancer researchers.


November 6, 2015

Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovator Feng Zhang is profiled in STAT. He developed the groundbreaking new gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9.


July 17, 2015

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation named 16 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 ($208,000 each for basic scientists, $248,000 for physician-scientists) to work on innovative projects.