Funding Opportunities

Research Funding: Africa Fellowship Programme 2022

ILCA Africa Programme and Fellowship 2022

We are proud to focus this year ILCA Fellowship on supporting research with projects in Africa with a topic relevant for African patients.

ILCA is ramping up efforts to alleviate Africa’s need for medical assistance. Although the African continent is one of the regions with a very high disease burden, clinical and scientific resources for diagnosing, treating, and researching liver cancer are very limited in most parts of this continent. ILCA recognises this immense clinical and scientific need and plans to develop a strategy to engage African organisations and healthcare professionals in educational and training activities of ILCA.

Together with Dr. Lewis Roberts, ILCA Ambassador for Africa, we are launching for this year the ILCA Africa Fellowship 2022 linked to the ILCA Africa Programme.

The aims of this key initiative being the ILCA Africa Fellowship programme are to

  • Encourage young investigators to pursue a career in liver cancer research
  • Develop the potential of outstanding young scientists and encourage research in liver cancer disciplines
  • Foster career development for individuals performing research in a liver cancer related area and who have shown commitment to excellence at an early stage of their research study
  • Help progress ILCA’s mission to lead a global Community of physicians, scientists and allied professionals through education and research with the goal to better prevent and treat liver cancer
  • Promote science through the support of young researchers

* Click here to apply for or renew your membership

How to apply for the ILCA Africa Fellowship Programme

The applications are now OPEN and all you need to do is:

  • Review carefully the Eligibility Criteria and Requirements
  • Fill out the Application Form
  • Submit it along with the required documents by email at info@ilca-online.org

All the documents need to be submitted before 3rd June 2022.

The selected candidate will be awarded 40.000 Euro Fellowship to encourage and support in his /her research and liver cancer science.

**Candidate must be an ILCA member in good standing and remain an ILCA member for the duration of the fellowship.

To apply for or renew your membership, please visit the membership section on ILCA Website and process your membership application online.

After sending your application what’s next?

Applications for the ILCA Africa Fellowship Programme 2022 will be submitted to the ILCA Office until June 3rd, 2022.

Applications will be reviewed by the ILCA Executive Committee and the ILCA Education Committee and the Fellow will be publicly recognized during the Africa HepatoPancreatoBiliary Cancer Consortium Conference (25-28 August 2022) and the 16h ILCA Annual Conference (1-4 September 2022).

The successful applicant will be notified in July 2022 and the outcome of the selection process will be announced within the ILCA Community.

Awardees

ILCA Fellowship 2021 Awardee

Congratulations to the ILCA Fellowship 2021 Awardee!

ILCA is pleased to announce that Benjamin Ruf, Postdoctoral Research Fellow from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA, has been awarded the ILCA Fellowship 2021.

ILCA will support his research on “Elucidating the role of mucosal-associated invariant T cells (MAITs) in hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) using spatial transcriptomic analysis by combining CODEX and single-cell RNA-sequencing”. The ultimate goal of this project is to understand the function of these cells and then develop MAIT-directed therapies to treat patients with liver cancer.

Discover a bit more about our ILCA Fellowship 2021 awardee

Stay tuned for future ILCA Fellowship Programmes available!

ILCA Fellowship 2020 Awardee

Congratulations to the ILCA Fellowship 2020 Awardee!

ILCA is pleased to announce that Aveline Filliol, Postdoctoral Research Scientist from the Columbia University, USA, has been awarded the ILCA Fellowship 2020.

ILCA will support her research on “Deciphering the role of hepatic stellate cell-derived myofibroblasts in hepatocellular carcinoma”. Aveline Filliol will be working on determining the role of hepatic stellate cell-derived myofibroblasts in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma.

Discover a bit more about our ILCA Fellowship 2020 awardee

Through the Fellowship Programme, ILCA supports research in all liver cancer-related disciplines by encouraging young Scientifics to develop their career in liver cancer research. This year ILCA Fellowship Programme 2020 is supported by an Educational Grant from:

Stay tuned for future ILCA Fellowship Programmes available!

ILCA Fellowship 2019 Awardee

Congratulations to the ILCA Fellowship 2019 Awardee!

ILCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Jin Lee, from the Department of Pathology of the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego, was awarded the ILCA Fellowship 2019.
ILCA will support her research on Immunotherapeutic Target on Unique Mitotic Spindle in Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Can you please tell us a bit about your research project?

Despite microtubule-binding compound being widely used as a chemotherapeutic in the treatment of various cancers, it has shown disappointing results in liver cancer, since it extensively affects normal cells. Specifically targeting mitosis in cancer cells is considered as a preferred strategy. For this purpose, I am working on study to know whether immune cells can target specifically proliferating cancer cells through unique mitosis machinery and what mechanism they have.

For my objectives, I will successfully complete this project with a goal to discover a novel target of HCC and propose a new therapeutic strategy for treatment humans with HCC. I hope this work will contribute in clinic finally.

Why did you get involved in this type of research?

There is nothing nicer than knowing. My pleasure was to discover the undiscovered things and this led me to do basic science research. So far human beings have been suffering from many types of cancer. I believed in basic science is fundamentally essential to the study of the medicine and it is the key of the drug discovery especially for cancer. For this reason, I did get involved in cell biology research and want to know about how tumour cells communicate with other type of cells in tumour microenvironment.

How will the ILCA grant help you?

I am so grateful that ILCA will support my research. It is an honor to receive this prestigious fellowship. The ILCA grant will encourage me to pursue science and to increase self-motivation. It will be a milestone for the next chapter of my career as an independent scientist.

ILCA Fellowship 2018 Awardee

Congratulations to the ILCA Fellowship 2018 Awardee!

ILCA is pleased to announce that Dr. Stefanie Hectors, from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, was awarded the ILCA Fellowship 2018.
ILCA is supporting her research on Quantitative MRI for Noninvasive Prediction of Gene Signatures in Hepatocellular Carcinoma.