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American Association for Cancer Research Invites Nominations for 2014 Scientific Lectureships, Awards


September 3, 2013

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PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is currently accepting nominations for its annual series of awards and lectureships. Since 1961, when the first scientific award was presented, the AACR has honored hundreds of scientists and physicians who collectively have made significant contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer.

Recipients will be honored at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014, which will be held April 5-9, in San Diego, Calif. The awards and lectureships include:

AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research
The AACR and its Chemistry in Cancer Research Working Group established this award in 2007 to recognize the importance of chemistry to the advancements in cancer research. The award will be given for outstanding, novel, and significant chemistry research that has led to important contributions to the fields of basic and translational cancer research, cancer diagnosis, prevention, or the treatment of patients with cancer.

The recipient of this award will receive an honorarium of $10,000 and present a 50-minute lecture at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014.

Last year’s honoree, Alexander Levitzki, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biological Chemistry at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in Israel, delivered a lecture titled, “Eradicating Tumors by Targeting Nonviral Vectors Carrying PolyIC.”

The AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research is generously supported by Ash Stevens Inc.

AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship
First presented in 2006, 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. The lectureship is named in honor of Jane Cooke Wright, M.D., a pioneer in clinical cancer chemotherapy. She was among the first researchers to test chemotherapeutic drugs in humans.

The recipient of this lectureship will present a 50-minute lecture at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014 and will receive a $5,000 honorarium.

Gabriel N. Hortobagyi, M.D., professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, was honored last year with the Eighth Annual Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship. He delivered a lecture titled, “Dual Targeting for Endocrine Therapy of Breast Cancer.”

AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship
This lectureship was named in honor of renowned virologist Charlotte Friend, Ph.D., for her discovery of the Friend virus and her pioneering research on viruses, cell differentiation, and cancer. Established in 1998, 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 women in science.

The recipient of this 17th annual lectureship will present a 50-minute lecture at the AACR Annual Meeting 2014 and receive an honorarium of $5,000.   

Guilermina Lozano, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Genetics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, was honored last year with the 16th annual lectureship for her contributions toward the current understanding of the regulation of the p53 tumor suppressor pathway. Her lecture was titled, “Activities of Mutant p53 Proteins in Cancer.”