One in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime. The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) funds the world’s most promising research to improve the prevention, detection, and treatment of prostate cancer and cure it for good. Since 1993, PCF has raised nearly $1 billion in support of cutting-edge research through 2,200+ research projects at 245 leading cancer centers in 28 countries.

PCF Young Investigator Awards identify a cohort of up-and-coming research leaders who will drive the future field of prostate cancer research. The awards give these leaders the space to contribute new ideas and offer career and project support for early-career physicians and scientists advancing the prostate cancer field.



Desired Impact

In 2021, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation made a gift to PCF to fund two 2022 Young Investigator Awards. In keeping with the Foundation’s emphasis on integrative approaches, one award was designated for the area of nutrition. The Young Investigator recipients will use the funding to conduct research projects over a 3-year period.

Award recipient Ashley Holly, PhD from the Cleveland Clinic will conduct a dietary intervention study for men with a high suspicion of prostate cancer and men diagnosed with prostate cancer and under active surveillance. Award recipient Neil Lin, PhD from UCLA will explore a therapeutic approach that defines and targets nutrient metabolism in PCa cells through a novel 3D flow platform. Both projects aim to develop targeted treatments for prostate cancer.


Young Investigator Award Recipients

Ashley Holly, PhD

2022 Simms - PCF Young Investigator Award Recipient

Dr. Ashley E. Holly is a postdoctoral research fellow at Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute. Her current interests include dietary intervention as a therapeutic treatment option while obtaining a deep molecular...

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Neil Lin, PhD

2022 Simms - PCF VALOR Young Investigator Award Recipient

Dr. Neil Lin is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering at UCLA. Dr. Lin’s research looks at developing 3D-printed tissues that mimic the geometric structure, mechanical properties,...

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