Eyler to Receive V Foundation Women Scientists Grant

Christine Eyler, MD, PhD, Butler Harris Assistant Professor in Radiation Oncology, is one of 15 scientists nationwide selected by the V Foundation for Cancer Research to receive funding from the “A Grant of Her Own: The Women Scientists Innovation Award for Cancer Research” program. 

The recipients were selected for their groundbreaking cancer research. The V Foundation established the program in 2023 to address longstanding gender disparities in cancer research, including salary gaps and lower research funding. “A Grant of Her Own” is intended to promote equity within the science community and advance woman-led laboratories and research projects.  

Eyler — who received her bachelor’s degree, MD, and PhD at Duke — was one of nine scientists to receive a V Scholar Grant, which supports early career researchers. She will receive $600,000 over three years to support her research. Eyler explores how tumors change during radiation treatment, with the goal of identifying new targets for therapy. 

Six researchers received $800,000 Translational Grants, funding research that leads to the planning or initiation of a clinical trial. 

The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, North Carolina State University basketball coach. The V Foundation has funded over $353 million in cancer research grants through a competitive process supervised by a world-class Scientific Advisory Committee.