ILCF Grant Recipient Spotlights

Funding the next generation of lung cancer luminaries.
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Tejas Patil, MD
Tejas Patil, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine-Medical Oncology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
The ILCF has been a very important stepping stone in my career. I am very thankful for receiving the John Fisher Legacy Fellowship, aimed at improving outcomes for patients diagnosed with early-stage lung cancer. This award has provided me the foundation to develop a sophisticated platform to address very granular level questions regarding patterns of recurrence, molecular features associated with relapse, and optimal surveillance strategies. I intend to build on this platform to continue my work in helping patients with lung cancer.
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Kellie Smith in JH lab
Kellie Smith, PhD
Assistant Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University
The ILCF Research Grant will all my group to better understand the immune parameters governing earl-stage lung cancer. This will enable us to identify novel targets for neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapies, with a goal of delaying or preventing relapse after surgical resection. Additionally, the data generated under this grant will allow us to generate new hypotheses that can be used for larger applications in the future. 

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