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AACR Honors Seven Scientists with Minority-serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Awards

Tue, 09/20/2011 - 7:39am
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Association for Cancer Research will recognize leaders in the minority cancer community with the Minority-serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Awards. The seven recipients will be honored at the Fourth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities, held Sept. 18-21, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

The Minority-serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Awards are given to scientists who are working at the level of assistant professor or above at a minority-serving institution and who are engaged in meritorious basic, clinical, translational or epidemiological cancer research. Minority-serving institutions include historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and other post-secondary institutions as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.  

The recipients of the Minority-serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Awards include:

  • Zhenbang Chen, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn.

    Essential Role of Skp2 in Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer

  • Melissa Gonzales, Ph.D., University of New Mexico – Albuquerque, Albuquerque, N.M.

    Improving Colorectal Cancer Surveys for New Mexico Hispanics

  • Shane Y. Morita, M.D., The Queen’s Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

    Thyroid Cancer Ethnic Disparity in Hawaii: BRAF Mutation Within the Filipino Population

  • Sederick C. Rice, Ph.D., University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Ark.

    Prostate Cancer Screening of African-American Men Aged 40-75 in Jefferson County, Arkansas

  • Geri L. Schmotzer, Ph.D., New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, N.M.
  • Anil Shanker, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Felicia Dionne Taylor, Ph.D., University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Ark.

This award program funds the participation of full-time faculty members of Minority-serving Institutions at AACR conferences and annual meetings. Since its inception in 1997, this award program has been supported by a generous grant provided by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities works to increase the number of underrepresented minorities participating as competitive National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health-funded cancer researchers.

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world’s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes 33,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 90 other countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants, research fellowships and career development awards. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 18,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. The AACR publishes seven major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Discovery; Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; and Cancer Prevention Research. AACR journals received 20 percent of the total number of citations given to oncology journals in 2010.

Media Contact:

Michele Sharp

(267) 646-0622

Michele.Sharp@aacr.org

In Washington, D.C.

Sept. 18-21: (202) 239-4036

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