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This Week's Cause: Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the United States, and it is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among American women.

Founded in 1994, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) awards grants to researchers working to better understand, identify, treat, and ultimately cure ovarian cancer. OCRF is the oldest and largest U.S. charity funding ovarian cancer research–only two government organizations, National Cancer Institute and Department of Defense, award more. Without sufficient grant support, researchers might otherwise turn their attention to other, better funded diseases. OCRF funding effectively enhances the breadth of the research enterprise in this nation directed specifically to ovarian cancer research.

OCRF has invested nearly $70 million in ovarian cancer research through 255 grants to scientists at 69 leading medical centers in the country. Eighty-four percent (84%) of every dollar spent directly supports OCRF’s programs. OCRF grantees are developing innovative strategies for early detection; exploring the genetics that increase risk; determining the underlying molecular biology; identifying new and better treatment targets; and deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it. And all OCRF research grants are approved by our world-class Scientific Advisory Committee comprised of leaders in the field, thus ensuring the highest caliber of selections.

The mission of OCRF is to fund scientific research that leads to more effective identification, treatment, and, ultimately, a cure for ovarian cancer.

Contributions can be made in the office of the Vice President for Student Services (110).


OCRF researchers are conducting all types of research, including:

  • Developing innovative strategies for early detection
  • Discovering genetic polymorphisms that increase risk for ovarian cancer
  • Identifying new, better targets for treatment
  • Determining how to super-charge a woman's immune response to better fight ovarian cancer
  • Deciphering how and why ovarian cancer spreads, and how to stop it
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