American Association for Cancer Research

MICR Member Spotlight

We are extremely pleased to announce the addition of the "MICR Member Spotlight!" page to the MICR webpages. This webpage exists to focus attention on the recent awards, promotions, degree completions, and appointments of AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research members.

The mission of MICR is to prevent and cure cancer while meeting the professional needs and advancing the careers of minority scientists. Sending your accolades to us for the "MICR Member Spotlight" will increase the visibility and recognition of the outstanding contributions minority scientists are regularly making to the field of cancer research. 

Call for Spotlight Nominations
Have you or a colleague recently made a career advancement, earned a degree, had a major publication, or received an Award? If so, nominate them (or yourself) for the MICR Member Spotlight! Let the MICR Community know what is going on in your life. It's easy: fill out the MICR Member Spotlight Form and e-mail it to us. You can also fax it to us at (215) 440-9412.



Congratulations, Scholar Awardees
We are proud to recognize these outstanding researchers, 2013 recipients of Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards and Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards. They received funds to participate in AACR Special Conferences.

Advances in Ovarian Cancer Research: From Concept to Clinic
September 18-21, 2013
J.W. Marriott Marquis Miami, Miami, FL
Minority Scholar:
Erica Stringer, M.D., Clinical Fellow, Dept. of Medicine, Univ. of Chicago, Chicago, IL
MSI Faculty Scholar:
Sabrina L. Samudio-Ruiz, Ph.D., Univ. of New Mexico College of Pharmacy, Albuquerque, NM

Frontiers in Basic Cancer Research
September 18-22, 2013
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD
Minority Scholar:
Tikvah Hayes, B.S., Graduate Student, Univ. of North Carolina,  Chapel Hill, NC
MSI Faculty Scholars:
Cimona V. Hinton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Clark Atlanta Univ., Atlanta, GA
Pedro Santiago-Cardona, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, PR

Advances in Breast Cancer Research: Genetics, Biology, and Clinical Applications
October 3-6, 2013
The Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA
Minority Scholar:
Ivette Suarez-Arroyo, B.S., Graduate Student, Univ. Central del Caribe School of Medicine, Bayamon, PR
MSI Faculty Scholar:
Amos Sakwe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics
October 19-23, 2013
Hynes Convention Center
Boston, MA
Minority Scholar:
Zufan K. Debebe, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, UNC Lineberger Comp. Cancer Ctr., Chapel Hill, NC
MSI Faculty Scholar:
Surangani Dharmawardhane, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Univ. of Puerto Rico Med. Science Campus, San Juan, PR

Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research
October 27-30, 2013
Conference Center, National Harbor, MD
Minority Scholar:
Adana A. Llanos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ

Pediatric Cancer at the Crossroads: Translating Discovery into Improved Outcomes
November 3-6, 2013
Westin Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA
Minority Scholar:
Alexander Diaz, B.S., Graduate Student, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN
MSI Faculty Scholar:
Alexander Bishop, D.Phil., Associate Professor, UT Health Science Ctr., San Antonio, TX

The Translational Impact of Model Organisms in Cancer
November 5-8, 2013
Omni San Diego, CA
Minority Scholar:
Jacques Villefranc, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY
MSI Faculty Scholar:
Sang Hyuk Chung, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Univ. of Houston, Houston, TX


Keith D. Amos, M.D.
An AACR member since 2000, Dr. Amos died on June 17 at the age of 42. He was an assistant professor in the department of surgical oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Read More. (Adobe Acrobat Reader required)


Congratulations, Scholar Awardees
We had an overwhelming response and interest in the 2013 Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards and the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards. Congratulations to all awardees of these two awards. We continually encourage all to submit an application for these awards to participate in the AACR Annual Meeting 2014 in San Diego, CA.