What Others are Saying

Coordinated Research vs. Competitive Funding
I would like to see a coordinated effort of funding for breast cancer research in one facility where scientists and researchers can work together and share information and not have to spend their valuable time to raise funds and apply for grants, etc. Breast cancer rates have been steadily rising. Doesn't that tell us that a new approach is necessary? Let's not waste limited funds. Let the researchers work together and in a coordinated manner which best utilizes resources of equipment, facilities, and money.

Submitted in November 2003 by:
Dora C. Weaver

Excercise and Prevention
In terms of prevention, would it be useful to study the incidence of breast cancer in women who exercise aerobically five days a week for 30 minutes as opposed to those women who do not exercise?

Submitted in September 2003 by:
Name withheld by request
Fresno, California

Breast Feeding
"I searched through your web site to see if there was any past or present research related to breast cancer reduction from breast feeding. To me it seems a blaring omission. After all that is the function of the breasts. The closest I could find was related to pregnancy. I know there are some older studies out there about the protective effect of nursing and breast cancer. Please address the issue of breast feeding!"

Submitted in April 2002 by:
Ms. Patty Murphy

Support for Basic Science
Issue Addressed: Opportunities - what are the greatest opportunities for making an impact on the burden of breast cancer in California?

"It is critical for CBCRP to keep basic science investigations as a priority for funding in the future. This is the arena where novel discoveries can lead to new concepts or targets that can be exploited for future therapeutic agents. If CBCRP can identify and support research efforts that are at an early stage, promising yet risky, then the Program has the chance to have a major impact on truly innovative breakthroughs in breast cancer research. Many times, such projects cannot be funded as full-scale projects by the national funding agencies because they are at a preliminary stage or are not clearly established hypotheses. In this event, the investigator may have to abandon the project for something more developed and 'safe' in order to retain funding. Clearly this is tragic and one wonders how many novel ideas are lost due to lack of early stage funding. But CBCRP has the chance to fund these really creative or promising studies that can then be brought to a more advanced stage and expanded for full support from the national agencies. In this way, CBCRP's impact is multiplied many times over. I applaud your support of these projects in past cycles and urge you to continue to fund good, innovative and clever basic research in the future."

Submitted in March 2002 by:
Kathryn Ely, Ph.D.
Program Director
The Burnham Institute
La Jolla, CA

Note: Dr. Ely was funded by the CBCRP in 1998 and 1999 for 2-yr innovative projects.

Off-Cycle Funding
Issue addressed: Other (CBCRP funding)

"Would the Council consider setting aside a small pool of money each year that researchers can apply for throughout the year for the analysis of existing databases? I have access to a very large and underutilized cancer database. I would like to be able to apply for small amounts of funding to examine specific breast cancer hypotheses in these data for the purposes of generating preliminary data for grant proposals and for publication. I have found the CBCRP to be the most responsive funding agency with the shortest time from application to funding of the agencies that I have worked with. Currently, however, the CBCRP has an annual funding cycle for all grants, and there is no mechanism for obtaining small amounts of funding off-cycle. There are numerous underutilized research databases in existence. I believe that if the CBCRP were able to allow for off-cycle funding with a relatively short time from application to funding it would foster the timely development of new and creative ideas in breast cancer research."

Submitted in March 2002 by:
Name withheld by request
The respondent has been previously funded by the CBCRP.