The AACR-Gary J. Miller Undergraduate Prizes for Cancer and Cancer Related Biomedical Research are named in honor of Gary J. Miller, M.D., Ph.D., a gifted pathologist, researcher, and diagnostician. Dr. Miller, who died in May 2001, was one of the leading prostate cancer researchers in the world.
His research focused on vitamin D receptors and their role in growth regulation of prostate cancer cells. He also pioneered the use of three-dimensional computer reconstruction to understand the natural history of prostate cancer and modeling of biopsy techniques.
His academic career was spent at the University of Colorado, where he was named Director of Urologic Cancer Research at the University of Colorado Cancer Center in 2000. He received innumerable awards, was on the editorial boards of several distinguished journals, and had published over 150 research papers and book chapters.
Dr. Miller served on the NIH Pathology B Study section from 1992 to 1996 and at the time of his death was Chairperson of that panel. He was a member of the prestigious American Association of University Pathologists. He was also a long-standing supporter of the AACR, and was involved for 11 years with the AACR Histopathobiology of Cancer Summer Workshop.
His untimely death was a great loss to the cancer research community.