McNamara Receives PCF Young Investigator Award

Megan McNamara, MD, has been named one of 29 Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award recipients for 2018. McNamara is also one of only eleven PCF Young Investigator Awardees conducting research to improve prostate cancer outcomes in U.S. veterans. The award includes three years of funding to further her research on race-related germline and somatic variations associated with responses to second generation androgen-directed therapies in men with metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer.

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, the Young Investigator Awards program was created to further develop research leaders who will keep the field of prostate cancer research vibrant with new ideas. The award provides career and project support for young, proven investigators in postdoctoral fellowships or those who have recently achieved junior faculty status and are focusing their careers on the field of prostate cancer.

“We are thrilled that we have an opportunity to support Dr. McNamara with this award,” said Daniel George, MD, director of genitourinary cancer at Duke Cancer Institute. “Additionally, Megan’s research will assist us in furthering establishing Duke as a center of excellence for research in African Americans, including veterans, who have the most aggressive form of prostate cancer.”

McNamara’s research interests focus on understanding race-related healthcare disparities in prostate cancer, particularly within the United States Department of Veterans Affairs health care system, and on improving access to prostate cancer clinical research within the VA. The overall objective of her study is to identify genetic elements that vary by race and that affect response and time to progression on second generation androgen-directed therapy in metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer.

“Receiving a PCF Young Investigator Award is a tremendous honor,” said McNamara. “It is an opportunity to advance prostate cancer research while developing the skills necessary to become an independent investigator, under the guidance of an experienced mentor. This award allows me the opportunity to conduct research in race-related prostate cancer disparities, particularly within the VA, and will enable me to gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of prostate cancer through the resources the Prostate Cancer Foundation provides.”

To learn more about the award, visit the Prostate Cancer Foundation website.