Thyroid cancer research is a critical piece of our mission.

We have directly funded 8 grants so far.

Meet our researchers and their specific grants below.


Our Grant Fundraising Efforts

(See our researchers' photos/names below and their more in-depth information below the photos.)

Bite Me Cancer partners with The American Thyroid Association to directly fund thyroid cancer research grants. This program is geared toward budding researchers looking at new ways to approach thyroid cancer, and there is a rigorous review process for the research applicants.

In 2012, Bite Me Cancer set out with the goal to raise $57,500 to fund one of the grants. By the end of 2013, we did just that and became an official grant partner of ATA! Two years later in 2014, the final selection process was conducted by ATA’s review panel, and Bite Me Cancer chose a research grant.

Here's how it works:  Bite Me Cancer sends in a check to cover one-half of the funding for the first year of the research. Research progress is reviewed after year one by ATA to determine whether year two will be funded. If approved, Bite Me Cancer also pays for the second year of research. 

Since 2014, we have continued to raise funds each year for a research grant. As of 2019, ATA requires $50,000 for a 2-year grant instead of $57,500. You can see our researchers and their work below. We are very grateful for their efforts and that we can follow their progress directly.

Sometimes, Bite Me Cancer partners with ThyCa (Thyroid Cancer Survivors Association) to share a grant.

About the American Thyroid Association

Since 2012, Bite Me Cancer has been dedicated to trying to make a difference in Thyroid Cancer research with the hopes of being able to fund a 2-year grant in partnership with the American Thyroid Association (ATA).

The American Thyroid Association® (ATA) is dedicated to transforming thyroid care through clinical excellence, education, scientific discovery and advocacy in a collaborative community.


Dr. Eman Ali Toraih - Eighth Grant (Began 7/2021, 2-year grant)

Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA


Dr. Cristina Montero-Conde - Seventh Grant (Began 7/2020, 2-year grant)

Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), Madrid, Spain


Dr. Anthanasios Bikas - Sixth Grant (Began 7/2019, 2-year grant)

Brigham & Women's Hospital, MA


Dr. Wayne Miles - Fifth Grant (Began 7/2018, 2-year grant)

Assistant Professor, Molecular Genetics, The Ohio State University Medical Center

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Dr. Yu Qin - Fourth Grant (Began 7/2017, 2-year grant)

Clinical Fellow, Endocrinology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, TX


Dr. Irene Min - Third Grant (Began 7/2016, 2-year grant)

Assistant Professor in Molecular Biology Researcher, Division of Endocrine Surgery, Weill Cornell Medicine, NY


Laura Boucai, MD - Second Grant (began 7/2015, 2-year grant)

Physician-Scientist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NY

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Ramona Dadu, MD - First Grant (Began 7/2014, 2-year grant)

Assistant Professor, Department of Endocrine Neoplasia & Hormonal Disorders, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, TX


Thyroid Cancer Research Grant Recipients

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Dr. Eman Ali Toraih - Eighth Grant

Medical Geneticist, M.D., Ph. D., M.Sc.

Despite a favorable rate of survival for well-differentiated thyroid cancer (DTC), the risk of recurrence canreach up to 30%. It is highly challenging to predict which tumors will remain indolent and which will progress and to decide who should receive adjuvant radioiodine therapy or extensive postoperative surveillance. Hence, there is an urgent need to identify biomarkers that can accurately predict tumor recurrence or persistence in advance.

Our long-term goal is to establish a robust and well-validated molecular prognostic marker that identifies which tumors are likely to progress. Given the high stability of exosomes and their ability to embed specific genetic materials that resemble the properties of their originating cancer cells, we hypothesize that quantitation of tumor-derived exosomal RNAs using nanoparticle-based detection method will be a promising prognostic tool to identify tumors that are likely to evolve into more progressive behavior in DTC patients, thus helping guide development of individualized treatment. treatment.