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Causes: Cancer, Cancer Research, Education, Graduate & Professional Schools, Health, Medical Research, Public Health

Mission: The American-Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) supports cancer research, education, and early detection, emphasizing the unique resources of Italy and the United States, recognizing world-class scientific excellence in medicine, and serving the economically disadvantaged and medically underserved in New York City through cancer screening, outreach, and education.

Results: The International Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Program provides financial support for the post-doctoral research of promising young scientists who pursue research and advanced training in collaboration with mentors at major cancer centers in the United States and Italy. The Program has funded 402 post-doctoral research fellowships since its inception. The No-Cost, Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Program serves the five boroughs of New York City, providing no-cost breast cancer screening services to economically disadvantaged and medically underserved women. During the last 26 years, AICF has provided screening services for over 85,000 women. The Prize for Scientific Excellence in Medicine recognizes scientific researchers who have substantially improved the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors by bringing what they have learned in the laboratory into the clinical setting. These scientists are recognized for groundbreaking discoveries in the fields of cancer biology, prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment.

Community Stories

18 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Italian Cancer Foundation (AICF) gave me the great opportunity to join UCSF as postdoctoral student. Since I started my PhD, my dream was to work as scientist in a cutting edge, competitive and high professional environment like the one that I found in the lab of Dr. David Toczyski. I have to thank the AICF to support my project during my first year and reward my exiting discoveries with renewing my fellowship for the second year. This will allow completing my project, which will be important to continue my scientific carrier. Moreover, the AICF staff is highly professional, but at the same time friendly and supportive. I strongly recommend AICF to young Italian scientists that pursue a unique professional experience in the US.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American Italian Cancer Foundation is a terrific organization that helps young Italian scientists to move in US for early postdoctoral career. Thanks the its financial support, young graduate students have the opportunity to work in stimulating and highly competitive laboratories and under the supervision of great mentors. I think, in my case, receiving the fellowship from AICF was a particular experience: my mentor, Andrea Ventura, has been awarded few years ago by the same fellowship and he made important discoveries thanks to these funds. During these two yeas as AICF fellow, I grew up as scientist, learning how to approach new scientific stimulating questions and making exciting discoveries that hopefully will be helpful in fighting cancer. It is for me a honor to belong to the big family ‘AICF’ and being supported by the generosity of people that believe that funding research is the right way to defeat the biggest disease of our days.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation has an important role in promoting cancer research.
Their post-doctoral fellowship program allows young motivated investigators to work on the most important and innovative cancer projects across the US. I had the privilege to receive the AICF post-doctoral fellowship. The generous support given to me by the AICF allowed me to develop my ideas and carry out my research project in the great Boston area. Every day, there are many opportunities here for me to exchange ideas and results with a very nice network of excellent scientists.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is not easy to describe my personal experience with the American-Italian Cancer Foundation. I could use just a word to define it: unique. The AICF Fellowship provided me with the skills necessary to support my research project and allowing me to join in outstanding group at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute providing me the privilege to work and interact with worldwide collegues and an outstanding mentor such as Dr. Anderson. I`m sure that this huge chance will play a crucial role in my scientific career, helping to grow as an independent scientist, and providing an amazing opportunity for my scientific knowledge in cancer. I am deeply grateful to AICF for providing me the tools to achieve my dreams. I hope AICF will continue its outstanding mission in sponsoring young scientists to pursue their project in the United States in order to increase Italy`s scientific potential and competitiveness.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am having a fantastic experience with The American Italian Cancer Foundation. Thanks to the AICF fellowship, I am being able to carry out my cancer research project as a postdoc at Stanford and I am having the freedom of being fully focused on my work. Furthermore, I have access to new techniques while I am being trained in a top-level environment. The selection process is based on meritocracy and they judge projects on their potential to succeed. I am really grateful to the organization because having been awarded with this fellowship gave me not only confidence in my project and my capabilities, but also gave me enthusiasm, which has helped to get exciting results in finding the role of the protein that I study in protecting against cancer formation. I particularly thank the AICF staff for being supporting, available and understanding of particular needs and issues.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Growth as a scientist requires good training in a stimulating and outstanding scientific environment and the American-Italian Cancer Foundation gave me the opportunity to learn about the latest advancements in science and technology as well as work with top scientists and researchers in the United States.
The staff is highly supportive, professional and deeply dedicated in promoting high quality research in the cancer field. I would definitely recommend this Foundation to any young scientist who truly is committed to pursue his training in a cutting edge environment.

Review from Guidestar

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As young scientist, the American Italian Cancer Foundation provided financial support to allow me to pursue my interest and research in brain cancer field. The foundation offers interesting opportunities to interact with other fellows and involved me in many activities, such as seminars and benefit auctions, that gave me an idea about how funds are collected. The organization is highly professional and they pay constant attention to our research, thus making us feel like part of a big family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation enabled me to find the perfect support as a young scientist to set the basis for my future career by allowing me to work in an outstanding institution. I would definitely recommend this Foundation to any young investigator who truly is committed to pursue his training in a cutting edge environment. The staff is highly supportive, professional and deeply dedicated in promoting high quality research in the cancer field.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Great organization and terrific funding opportunities. The American Italian Cancer Foundation guarantees professionalism and support to young investigators. if you are at the beginning of your career this is all you need to succeed. Highly recommended to everybody that is looking for an opportunity to be part of the scientific community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

thanks to the AICF i have the chance to have a unique career building experience in the US. especially because of the recent financial situation, founding is hard to find and the AICF offers this great opportunities to young scientists who, like me, want to grow professionally and experience what's like working in a cutting edge environment.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I started my postdoctoral studies at Yale 2 years ago thanks to the American-Italian Cancer Foundation. Moving to the US has been very helpful to make progress with my research. I want to also mention that, besides funding cancer research, AICF is also providing no-cost breast cancer screening for people that do not have possibility to get one otherwise. I feel lucky and honored to be an AICF Fellow!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation is an outstanding organization in promoting cancer research. Because of the generous support of the American-Italian Cancer Foundation I was able to make important findings on pathways that can instigate the genome rearrangements that drive cancer development.
I have found the staff to be professional, supportive, and truly dedicated to the cause of advancing scientific knowledge in cancer biology.
Thank American-Italian Cancer Foundation to make possible training of young scientist in the cancer research field.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My experience with AICF is terrific. Thanks to AICF fellowship I've the possibility to make a Postdoctoral experience in US and carry on my project. During the annual meeting I had the opportunity to meet the other fellows and I realized that AICF select important and challenging projects .During my first year I've been supported by executive director and by all the AICF staff. In the scientific board there are outstanding scientists in cancer research field that work in the best institutes in US and Italy.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I started my post doc 2 years ago at MSKCC in New york city. I'm an italian citizen an as so working in the USA gave me the opportunity to apply for an AICF fellowship. I obtained the first one for a year and I was also able to renew it for the second year. I must say that having been awarded for 2 years with a fellowship as I moved to a new lab was an extremely helpful support for me to start up my projects, learn new techniques, initiate collaborations and getting exciting results for the genome stability field. The staff at the AICF has also be very much available and I must say tolerant in accommodating everyone needs and issues. Furthermore, I found exceptional the opportunity of been invited to Benefit Dinner & Auctions where I got meet fundraisers both american and Italian and all the AICF staff and I got to understand about a part of the work organized around the association to raise money to devolve to both Post docs fellowships, cancer research and the very admirable initiative of no-cost breast cancer screening for people that do not have access to such tool . Said so, I wish there was an American X cancer foundation for every country (X) that invests in cancer research to give the opportunity to researchers like me to ..... carry on on what we dedicated our life to!!!! I feel lucky and privileged to have been an AICF Fellow!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a great experience with AICF. They finance young Italian investigators working on the most promising and cutting-edge cancer research projects across the US. They also have a great breast cancer screening program to facilitate diagnosis and treatment of this type of cancer in underserved communities in NYC. The executive director is a highly energetic, personable and capable woman and so is the rest of their staff. I wish them all the best in accomplishing their goals and continuing to grow.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had a terrific experience with this foundation. The executive director is easily reachable for any need of information or help, as well as her colleagues. Professionally they have been unbiased in judging research for merit and their funding to research is assigned on a purely meritocratic manner. I wish that this association would grow more and more in the future years as I really appreciated their professional attitude.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The American-Italian Cancer Foundation plays an outstanding role in promoting cancer research and education. Their post-doctoral fellowship program allows young investigators to be trained in world-class institutions, acquiring the expertise and the skills necessary to further our understanding of cancer. I had the privilege to receive a post-doctoral fellowship. The AICF generous support allowed me to develop my ideas and carry out my research plans at Princeton University, with independence and confidence. I feel that my work will have an impact, and I am certain that the research carried out by the many AICF fellows will make a major difference.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Great fellowship agency. They fund young investigators with a rigorous and meritocratic review process, and have fellows involved in the most important cancer projects across the US. Highly recommended for young scientists coming to the US from Italy. People are very nice and they have many social gatherings that make the overall felling "family-like"