This lectureship recognizes an outstanding 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.
Thirteenth Award Recipient
John D. Carpten, PhD
Chair, Department of Translational Genomics
University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Dr. Carpten delivered his award lecture titled "Towards Understanding the Impact of Diversity in Cancer Genome Science" at the AACR Annual Meeting 2018 in Chicago, IL. The award lecture was held Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the McCormick Place North/Convention Center.
The AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship was established in 2006 to give recognition to an outstanding 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.
John D. Carpten, PhD is recognized for pioneering contributions to cancer health disparities and his sustained outstanding leadership in cancer genomic science. He is among a small group of cancer geneticists with expertise in both germ-line genetics and somatic tumor biology.
Dr. Carpten’s cancer research program spans many tumor types, including but not limited to prostate cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, brain cancer, and multiple myeloma, in addition to several forms of pediatric cancer. Beyond the research, his influence as a valued mentor to several postdoctoral fellow and candidates is also recognized. Moreover, Dr. Carpten has collaborated closely with clinical investigators to apply genomic technologies in clinical settings in pursuit of Precision Oncology approaches to treatment. This included a study in Triple Negative Breast Cancer that included African American patients.
His achievements and his commitment to the advancement of minority scientists clearly embody the AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Memorial Lectureship’s mission.
Through Dr. Carpten’s leadership, the African American Hereditary Prostate Cancer Study Network was conceived. This study has become a model for genetic linkage studies in underrepresented populations and led to the first genome wide scan for prostate cancer susceptibility genes in African Americans.
Dr. Carpten is an active member of the AACR. He served as senior editor of Cancer Research, and as a member of the Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council Committee, chair of the 2010 MICR Scientific Symposium, member of the Research Grant Review Committee, and as a member of the editorial board of Clinical Cancer Research. Dr. Carpten will serve as Chair of the AACR Annual Meeting 2019 Program Committee.
Dr. Carpten earned his PhD from the Ohio State University in 1994 with a focus on human genetics. He then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH, Bethesda, in Cancer Genetics, where he was later promoted to the tenure track in 2000.
Dr. Carpten has received research funding awards from various sources to support his research including NIH, Prostate Cancer Foundation, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, and a number of pharmaceutical companies.
Dr. Carpten has co-authored over 160 publications in scientific journals that include Science, Nature, Nature Genetics, Genome Research, Cancer Research, Molecular Cancer Research, Cancer Cell, and the New England Journal of Medicine.
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