In February 2003, the SCAQMD Board directed staff to establish the Brain Tumor and Air Pollution Foundation to implement an initiative by the Board Chairman to fund research into the potential connections between air pollution and brain cancer. Recent research suggests that there may be links between air pollution and certain types of cancers.
The mission of the Foundation is to support research studies on the association between air pollution and brain tumors, as well as research for the development of novel therapeutics for brain tumors. The Board initially directed that 10% of the penalty fees collected by the AQMD in FY 2002-03 -- approximately $723,000 -- be transferred to the Foundation to establish a research program.
At its February 2004 meeting, the SCAQMD Board awarded $1.5 million to the Foundation to fund additional research, provided the Foundation expanded its purposes to include funding for lung cancer research and treatment. Research has indicated that a significant portion of the brain tumors may initially occur in the lungs and migrate to the brain. In March 2004, the Foundation amended its Articles of Incorporation to change its name to Brain & Lung Tumor and Air Pollution Foundation (Foundation) and to specify that its purpose is related to the effects of air pollution on brain tumors and lung cancer. To carry out its purpose, the Foundation has funded research projects investigating the links between air pollution and brain and lung tumors. The amount of funding provided to the Foundation to date is $5.6 million.
Directors and Officers
The Directors of the Foundation are:
- Ben Benoit, Vice Chair
- Dr. William A. Burke
- Dr. Clark E. Parker, Sr.
- Judith Mitchell
The Officers of the Foundation are:
Wayne Nastri, Chief Executive Officer
Denise Whitcher, Secretary
Mike O'Kelly, Treasurer
Summary of Foundation Activities
The Foundation activities are summarized in the annual reports presented to the SCAQMD Board available at the links below.
The Foundation has presented annual reports to the SCAQMD Governing Board as follows:
Eleventh Annual Report (May 1, 2015)
Tenth Annual Report (June 6, 2014)
Ninth Annual Report (April 5, 2013)
Eighth Annual Report (April 6, 2012)
Seventh Annual Report (April 2, 2010)
Sixth Annual Report (March 4, 2009)
Fifth Annual Report (March 7, 2008)
Fourth Annual Report (March 2, 2007)
Third Annual Report (March 3, 2006)
Second Annual Report (March 4, 2005)
First Annual Report (March 5, 2004)