The Mary Kay Foundation has selected 12 of the nation’s top research institutions as recipients of its 2014 cancer grants. Totaling $1.2 million, the grants will fund research of the second leading cause of death for women in the United States.
The philanthropic arm of cosmetics giant Mary Kay, recently named to DSN’s $100 Million Growth Club, dedicates its resources to two causes: supporting research of cancers affecting women and increasing prevention and awareness of domestic violence.
Dr. Jerry Shay, Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, chairs The Mary Kay Foundation Scientific Review Committee. The committee of prominent medical scientists and doctors considered more than 80 applicants in its review process.
“This year, we ranked all grant applicants on a scale system and narrowed the pool to the top 12 most promising and innovative research teams, doctors and medical scientists in the country.” Shay said in a statement. “Thanks to grants like these, we are giving the medical community the tools to explore and develop early diagnosis and new treatments for cancers affecting women.”