PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research congratulates 12 of its members on their election into the Institute of Medicine. They are among 65 new members and five foreign associates recently elected.
Considered among the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine, the award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service in the fields of health and medicine.
“This is a great day for cancer research and those who have dedicated their lives to the conquest of cancer. We are thrilled that so many of our prominent members have been honored by the Institute of Medicine,” said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. “Their selection is fitting — the Institute of Medicine has chosen true leaders in the cancer field who are advancing cancer science and medicine, and are making great strides in the fight to eradicate the more than 200 diseases we call cancer.”
The members of the American Association for Cancer Research selected for this honor are:
Kenneth C. Anderson, M.D., Kraft Family Professor of Medicine, department of medical oncology, Harvard Medical School; and chief, division of hematologic neoplasia, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston;
Riccardo Dalla-Favera, M.D., Percy and Joanne Uris Professor of Clinical Medicine, professor of pathology and genetics and development; and director, Institute of Cancer Genetics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York City;
Titia de Lange, Ph.D., Leon Hess Professor, laboratory of cell biology and genetics, Rockefeller University, New York City;
Susan D. Desmond-Hellmann, M.D., M.P.H., chancellor, University of California, San Francisco;
Charis Eng, M.D., Ph.D., chair and director, Genomic Medicine Institute, Cleveland Clinic; and professor and vice chair, department of genetics, School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland;
Zvi Y. Fuks, M.D., professor of molecular pharmacology and chemistry, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York City;
Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., Daniel Nathans Professor and director, department of molecular biology and genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore;
Michael D. Lairmore, D.V.M., Ph.D., professor and chair, department of veterinary biosciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Ohio State University, Columbus;
Caryn Lerman, Ph.D., Mary W. Calkins Professor of Psychiatry and director, Tobacco Use and Research Center, department of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia;
Ira H. Pastan, M.D., co-chief, laboratory of cell biology, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md.;
Peter J. Polverini, D.D.S., professor and dean, School of Dentistry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;
Diane M. Simeone, M.D., Lazar Greenfield Professor of Surgery and Molecular and Integrative Physiology and chief, division of gastrointestinal surgery, University of Michigan Health Systems, Ann Arbor.
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 32,000 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 six major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention; and Cancer Prevention Research. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors and their families, patient advocates, physicians and scientists, providing a forum for sharing essential, evidence-based information and perspectives on progress in cancer research, survivorship and advocacy.