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AACR Recognizes its Newest Grantees at the Annual Meeting 2012

March 29, 2012
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CHICAGO — The AACR congratulates its 13 new grant recipients at the AACR Annual Meeting 2012, held here March 31 – April 4.

Career Development Awards:

2012 AACR-Aflac Inc. Career Development Awards for Pediatric Cancer Research

  • Carl R. Walkley, Ph.D., St. Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research
    “New models and approaches in osteosarcoma”
  • Jing Crystal Zhao, Ph.D., Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
    “Role of imprinted long non-coding RNA Gtl2 in gene regulation”

AACR-FNAB Career Development Award for Translational Cancer Research

  • Christine L. Phillips, M.D., Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center – Research Foundation
    “Genetic model of cytarabine sensitivity in children with AML”

AACR-Genentech BioOncology Career Development Award for Cancer Research on the HER Family Pathway

  • Eddy Shih-Hsin Yang, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Alabama at Birmingham
    “HER2 overexpression confers susceptibility to PARP inhibition”

AACR Judah Folkman Career Development Award for Antiangiogenesis Research  

  • Richard W. Joseph, M.D., Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville
    “The relationship of angiogenesis and immune evasion in renal cell carcinoma”

Fight Colorectal Cancer-AACR Career Development Award, in memory of Lisa Dubow

  • Richard B. Halberg, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
    “Molecular differences predicting tumor progression in colorectal cancer”

Grants for Independent Investigators:

AACR Dharma Master Jiantai Innovative Grant for Lung Cancer Research

  • Julie M. Wells, Ph.D., The Jackson Laboratory
    “Detecting changes in circulating microRNAs during lung cancer progression”


AACR-Amgen Inc. Fellowships in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research

  • Sarah E. Bohndiek, Ph.D., Stanford University
    “Molecular imaging and diagnostics for improved ovarian cancer management”
  • Ami S. Bhatt, M.D., Ph.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    “Pathogen discovery in urothelial cancer using next-generation sequencing”

AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Fellowship in Clinical Cancer Research

  • Antonio Giordano, M.D., Ph.D., The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    “Single-nucleus sequencing of circulating tumor cells”

AACR-Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Translational Cancer Research Award

  • Richard Mark White, M.D., Ph.D., Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research
    “BRAFV600E as a regulator of transcriptional elongation”

AACR-Genentech BioOncology Fellowship for Cancer Research on the HER Family Pathway

  • Sadhna Vora, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
    “Fructose metabolism as a mechanism of resistance to PI3k inhibitors”

Fellows Grants:

2012 AACR-FNAB Fellows Grant for Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research

  • Aatur Dilip Singhi, M.D., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
    “Marker of sensitivity to GEM/SBRT in unresectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma”
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About the AACR

Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR’s membership includes 34,000 laboratory, translational and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and cancer advocates residing in more than 90 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 20 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 18,000 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes seven peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration and scientific oversight of individual and team science grants in cancer research that have the potential for patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer.  

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Media Contact:
Tara Yates
(215) 446-7110
In Chicago, March 31 – April 4:
(312) 528-8206

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