American Cancer Society 4-year grant funds deeper look at risk factors associated with oil and gas development, and childhood leukemia

The American Cancer Society, the largest nongovernmental, nonprofit funding source for cancer research in the United States, has approved funding for 42 research grants nationwide for a total of $33.8 million, including one grant in Denver. Grant applications undergo a rigorous, independent and highly competitive peer review process. The newly approved grants will fund researchers from 33 institutions in the United States, including the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The subsidized projects will start on July 1, 2021.

Lisa McKenzie, PhD MPH, clinical assistant professor of research at the Colorado School of Public Health, has received a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. The four-year $792,000 grant will help her team better understand the relationships between oil and natural gas development risk factors and childhood leukemia, and will ultimately provide evidence to inform primary prevention strategies.

“We are very grateful to the American Cancer Society for supporting our research,” McKenzie said. “With this generous support, we are conducting a population-based case-control study of 1,950 children born in Colorado, ages 2-9 years between 2002 and 2016, to better understand the relationships between risk factors associated with the development of oil and natural gas and childhood leukemia. Our research findings will positively impact the prevention and control of childhood leukemia, given the widespread potential for early exposure to environmental risks associated with the development of oil and natural gas, and the avoidable nature of these risks.”

An interview with Lisa is now available on the Society’s Podcast Series: Theory Lab, available for download at Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher and Google Podcasts.

The American Cancer Society Extramural Discovery Sciences currently supports research in a wide variety of cancer-related disciplines at more than 190 institutions. With an investment of more than $5 billion since 1946, the ACS is the largest private, non-profit source of cancer research funds in the US, having funded 49 researchers who later went on to win the Nobel Prize. The ACS primarily funds young researchers, giving the best and brightest the opportunity to explore innovative ideas at a time when they may not find funding elsewhere. For more information about cancer research supported by the American Cancer Society, please visit


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