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: Ronni Berke, Director of Communications and Marketing,, 212.455.0504 

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 nearly $355 million and funded nearly 3,700 young scientists. 100% of all donations to the Foundation are used to support scientific research. 

June 23, 2014

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation named seven new Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators at its spring 2014 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.

June 20, 2014

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation has named three outstanding young scientists as recipients of the prestigious Damon Runyon-Sohn Pediatric Cancer Research Fellowship Award, committing nearly $625,000 to help address a critical shortage of funding for pediatric cancer research. The Fellowship Award provides funding to basic scientists and clinicians who conduct research with the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of one or more pediatric cancers.

June 5, 2014

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation honored Steven A. Kandarian, CEO of MetLife and Damon Runyon Board of Directors member, at its 2014 Annual Breakfast, held on Tuesday morning at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City. The Breakfast raised more than $1.6 million to support the nation’s most brilliant young cancer researchers.

April 4, 2014

More than 700 people – from those affected by cancer to professional stair climbers – took part in the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation’s first ever Runyon Up stair climb at the new 4 World Trade Center building on April 3rd, raising more than $173,000 for young cancer researchers.

March 11, 2014

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation held the third 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 sidestep many of the issues that currently impede progress against cancer. Hosted by Genentech, the meeting included academic researchers from top universities and research institutions as well as scientists from Eli Lilly and Company, Celgene, Merck, Pfizer, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals International Co.  

January 21, 2014

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, announced that six scientists with novel approaches to fighting cancer have been named 2014 recipients of the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award.  The grant of $450,000 over three years is awarded each year to early career scientists whose projects have the potential to significantly impact the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. 

January 13, 2014

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation named 15 new Damon Runyon Fellows at its fall Fellowship Award Committee review. The recipients of this prestigious, three-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 five 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. 

  • Support the next generation of researchers.