This week the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) announced it will provide an additional $500,000 in grant money for research projects directed toward finding treatments and a cure for mesothelioma. This will bring the Foundation’s current level of financial commitment to mesothelioma research projects to $7.6 million.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer linked to asbestos exposure. It most commonly affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) or the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma). Rarely, it may also affect the lining of the heart (pericardial). There is currently no known cure for mesothelioma.
As evidenced by its name, research is a key component of the Meso Foundation’s mission. According to its website, “Each year, the Meso Foundation announces a call for grant applications and gives the submissions to its scientific review panel to examine and critique. The review panel then selects the best, most original and most promising submissions from that year’s candidates and presents them to the Board of Directors who decides how many the Foundation will be able to fund.”
The latest grant will fund five additional mesothelioma research projects, which were selected from 46 applications, bringing the total number of projects currently funded by the Foundation to 76.
In a statement on the Meso Foundation website, Kathy Wiedemer, the Foundation’s executive director, says, “This year we have awarded another half million dollars toward the search for a cure. Our mission to cure meso is clear and we won’t stop until it’s accomplished.”
In addition to funding research, the Meso Foundation provides a network of support for mesothelioma patients and their families and caregivers, provides education about mesothelioma and its causes and treatments, and is an advocate on behalf of mesothelioma “warriors” to raise awareness of the disease and to lobby for funding and victims rights.