Nominations for the 2014 award are now closed.
The Award and Lecture
The AACR and the American Cancer Society established this award in 1992 to honor outstanding research accomplishments in the fields of cancer epidemiology, biomarkers, and prevention.
The winner of the 23rd Annual AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention will receive an honorarium of $5,000, give a 50-minute lecture, and be given support for the winner and a guest to attend the AACR Annual Meeting 2014, in San Diego, Calif., USA (April 5-9, 2014).
- Candidacy is open to all cancer researchers who are affiliated with any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related biomedical science anywhere in the world. Such institutions include those in academia, industry, or government.
- The award will be presented to an individual investigator.
- Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the award.
Nomination Procedure and Instructions
Nominations are closed.
Nominations may be made by any scientist, whether an AACR member or nonmember, who is now or has been affiliated with any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related biomedical science. Candidates may not nominate themselves.
Nominations must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 4 p.m. United States Eastern Time on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Paper nominations will not be accepted. Full nomination instructions and program guidelines are available through the link below.
Candidates will be considered by a committee of international cancer leaders appointed by the president of the AACR. After careful deliberations by the award committee, its recommendations will be forwarded to the executive committee of the AACR for final consideration and decision. Selection of the award winner will be made on the basis of the candidate's cancer research accomplishments in the fields of epidemiology, biomarkers, and prevention. No regard will be given to age, race, gender, nationality, geographic location, or religious or political views.
Generously supported by the American Cancer Society.
Linda Stokes, Program Associate
American Association for Cancer Research
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22nd Annual Award Recipient
Laurence N. Kolonel, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Hawaii
Dr. Kolonel delivered his award lecture titled Advancing Epidemiologic Research: Studies in "Special" Populations at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, D.C. The award ceremony and lecture were held on Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Visit the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 page for more information.
Dr. Kolonel is recognized both nationally and internationally for his work on the epidemiology of nutrition and cancer in diverse ethnic populations, migrant studies, and other associations of lifestyle and genetic susceptibility to cancer risk. He was the first to conduct migrant studies on cancer incidence and contributed key insights into the role of lifestyle factors in cancer causation. Notably, he has established the Multiethnic Cohort Study, a large epidemiologic study examining environmental and genetic influences on cancer. This extraordinary resource not only greatly benefits cancer prevention research, but also provides an invaluable training ground for postdoctoral fellows and students.
Dr. Kolonel's career spans over 35 years, beginning with his studies on ethnicity and cancer among Japanese migrants and other ethnic groups living in Hawaii in the 1970s. He was among the first to establish cancer registration among U.S. ethnic/racial minorities and to collect individual-level data on risk factors in order to conduct ecological studies in multiethnic populations. These early investigations have become classic case studies in cancer epidemiology and have provided important observations that have stood the test of time.
Dr. Kolonel is currently a research professor in the Cancer Center and a professor of public health in the School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii. From 1977-2007, he directed the Epidemiology Program and from 1991-2009, he was deputy director at the Cancer Center. He received an M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Kolonel has received several honors from the NCI, including a MERIT award in 2002, invitation to serve as a visiting scholar to the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics in 2009, and a Career Achievement Award in 2012. In the spring of 2011, he gave the first Distinguished Lecture of the Delta Omega (Public Health Honor) Society in Honolulu. He is an author on more than 500 peer-reviewed publications.