Mary Beth Gadus: Forging a path forward to fund research “hunches”
In 1993, Mary Beth Gadus was in the midst of her own fight with metastatic breast cancer when she heard a lecture by a pioneering breast cancer researcher, Dr. Judah Folkman.
Folkman described his frustration with the continued rejection of his theory of angiogenesis—killing a tumor by cutting off its blood supply—and how that rejection deprived him of grant funding to further his research. After 21 rejections, he finally received his grant and his work advanced the treatment of cancer.
Dr. Folkman’s dogged persistence prevailed, but he wondered: how many lives could have been extended had he received his research funding sooner and how many other scientists with viable “hunches” would never be able to test those hunches for lack of funding?