American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting
American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting
April 17, 2016
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AACR presents several scientific awards

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NEW ORLEANS — The American Association for Cancer Research will recognize several clinicians and researchers during its annual meeting.

Sir Richard S. Peto, FRS, professor of medical statistics and epidemiology at University of Oxford in the United Kingdom will receive the AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention. The award recognizes outstanding research accomplishments in cancer epidemiology, biomarkers and prevention.

John Byrd

John C. Byrd

John C. Byrd, MD, director of the division of hematology at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute and a HemOnc Today Editorial Board member, will receive the Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research.

Ronald Levy, MD, professor of medicine at Stanford University, will receive the AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology. The award recognizes an active scientist whose research in cancer immunology has had a far-reaching impact on the cancer field.

James Bradner, MD, president of Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, will receive the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research.

Vishva M. Dixit, MD, vice president of Physiological Chemistry at Genentech Inc., will receive the G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in basic cancer research.

Waun Ki Hong, MD, FACP, DMSc, professor of medicine in the department of thoracic/head and neck medical oncology and distinguished university chair in cancer medicine emeritus at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, will receive the Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research.

Robert A. Weinberg, PhD, professor of biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, will receive the AACR Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research.

Worta McCaskill-Stevens, MD, MS, director of the National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program, will receive the AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Memorial Lectureship. The award recognizes a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has, through leadership or by example, furthered the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research.

Franziska Michor, PhD, professor of computational biology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will receive the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research. The award recognizes a young researcher for meritorious achievement in cancer research.

Joan Massagué, PhD, director of Sloan Kettering Institute and director of the Metastasis Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute, will receive the Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research. The award recognizes a scientist of international renown who has made a major scientific discovery in basic or translational cancer research.

Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, professor of medicine and surgery at University of California, Los Angeles, Medical Center, will receive the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award. The award recognizes investigators for research that has made or promises to soon make a notable contribution to improved clinical care in the field of cancer.

Antoni Ribas

Antoni Ribas

Robert S. Langer, ScD, will present the AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lecture. The award recognizes outstanding science that has the potential to inspire creative thinking and new directions in cancer research.

Angelika Amon, PhD, professor of cancer research at Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present the AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship. The lectureship is presented to a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the field of cancer research and who has furthered the advancement of women in science.

William G. Kaelin Jr., MD, investigator with Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor of medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will deliver the AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship. The award recognizes a scientist whose work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the detection, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer, and who embodies the dedication of the princess to multinational collaborations.