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AACR Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research Recipients

This lectureship recognizes an outstanding scientist whose work has inspired or has the potential to inspire new perspectives on the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of breast cancer.

Mary-Claire King2016 Award Recipient
Max S. Wicha
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dr. Wicha presented his award lecture, “Targeting Breast Cancer Stem Cells: Challenges and Opportunities,” Thursday, Dec. 8, at 11:30 a.m. CT, during the 39th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

The AACR Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research has been established to recognize outstanding science that has inspired or has the potential to inspire new perspectives on the etiology, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of breast cancer.

Dr. Max S. Wicha is recognized for his leadership in breast cancer research and as a pioneer in the field of cancer stem cells (CSCs). Dr. Wicha is among the most highly cited investigators in the field. His group was part of the team that first identified CSCs in human breast cancers, the first in any solid tumor. His laboratory has developed many of the techniques and assays used to study these cells and to elucidate the pathways which regulate their behavior. These pathways have provided targets for the development of drugs aimed at targeting CSCs. Dr. Wicha is co-founder of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, a company focused on developing CSC therapeutics, which has produced five agents currently in clinical testing.

Dr. Max Wicha received his medical degree from Stanford University and trained in internal medicine at the University of Chicago. He then went on to the National Cancer Institute, where he trained in clinical oncology and cancer biology. Dr. Wicha joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1980 and served as chief in the Division of Hematology/Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine, from 1984 to 1993. He was the director of the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center since its inception in 1986 until 2015, when he became director emeritus. Dr. Wicha remains an active clinician, specializing in the treatment of breast cancer patients.

Award Recipients

  • 2016: Max S. Wicha
  • 2015: Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale
  • 2014: Mary-Claire King
  • 2013: Michael R. Stratton
  • 2012: Mina J. Bissell
  • 2011: Joan S. Brugge
  • 2010: Alan Ashworth
  • 2009: Robert A. Weinberg
  • 2008: Joan Massagué