Nominations for the 2013 award are now open.
Nomination Deadline: 4:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, June 20, 2013.
- Read more about the AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities.
- Learn more about the 2012 award recipient, Dr. Claudia R. Baquet.
The Award and Lecture
The AACR Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities, funded by Susan G. Komen recognizes an investigator whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer health disparities.
The recipient of the award will receive a $5,000 honorarium and present a 45-minute lecture at the Sixth Annual AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. The conference will be held December 6-9, 2013, in Atlanta, GA.
- All cancer researchers who are affiliated with any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine or cancer-related biomedical science anywhere in the world may be nominated. 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.
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.
Nomination Procedure and Instructions
Nominations must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4:00 p.m. United States Eastern Time on Thursday, June 20, 2013. Paper nominations will not be accepted.
Nomination Materials to be submitted are:
1) Nomination Letter which Must:
- be addressed to the Selection Committee; be written in English; and not exceed 1,000 words;
- specify the AACR award for which the candidate is being nominated;
- describe the candidate's novel and significant work which has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer health disparities; the publications supporting the work must be directly referenced within the letter; and
- be signed by the nominator(s).
2) Candidate's CV. The candidate's curriculum vitae in English, including a complete list of the candidate's publications. Word and PDF files will be accepted.
3) Summary Statement. A statement, no more than 50 words, summarizing the candidate's research accomplishments for which he or she is being nominated.
Full nomination instructions and program guidelines are available at Program Guidelines and Nomination Instructions. Download the Adobe Acrobat Reader here.
Candidates will be considered by a committee. After careful deliberation by the committee, its recommendations will be forwarded to the Executive Committee of the AACR for final consideration and decision. Selection of the award recipient will be made on the basis of the candidate's scientific accomplishments without regard to race, gender, nationality, geographic location or religious or political views.
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2012 Award Recipient
Claudia R. Baquet, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Dean for Policy and Planning
Professor of Medicine
Director, National Bioethics and Health Disparities Research Center
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Dr. Claudia R. Baquet delivered her award lecture titled, Advancing the Science of Cancer Health Disparities: The Case for Public Trust, Bioethics, Research Literacy and Biospecimen Science at the Fifth Annual AACR Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved, San Diego, CA. The award presentation and lecture were held on Saturday, October 27, 2012, during the Opening Plenary Session.
Dr. Claudia Baquet was honored for her contributions to the science of cancer health disparities. She laid the foundation for what is now called “health disparities” dating back to her landmark research at NCI [1984-1992] and her role on the Secretary’s Task Force on Black and Minority Health Chapters on Cancer and Health Services. Her outstanding work led to a policy change at NCI in reporting cancer statistics by requiring the inclusion of race and ethnic specific data. As a result, these data were central in Dr. Baquet’s development of the first intervention trials to address cancer screening and tobacco cessation for African-Americans. This provided the foundation for the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer, the Hispanic Leadership Initiative on Cancer and the Appalachia Leadership Initiative on Cancer and Cancer Control Research programs for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians. She is a former deputy assistant secretary for minority health in PHS (1992-1994).
Dr. Baquet co-developed the only HHS recognized National Best Practice Award for increasing availability and participation of rural underserved patients in cancer clinical trials. Her research on factors related to barriers to cancer research participation for rural and minority patients was instrumental in establishing targeted interventions in Maryland’s rural and underserved areas that focused on increasing the willingness to participate in and refer patients for clinical trials and biospecimen science. These models are being tailored for implementation in other parts of the U.S. She directs the National Bioethics and Health Disparities Research Center and implements education for public and community health care professionals on bioethics, research ethics and clinical trials 101. These programs remove the stigma and mystery often associated with research and produces increased public trust in research and researchers.
Dr. Baquet’s contributions to legitimizing the role of policy research in addressing cancer health disparities have elevated this field to national prominence. This resulted from her policy research including studies on perceived cost barriers to clinical trials; and constructing a practical policy research framework to support cancer and health disparities research, legislation and advocacy.
A unique bidirectional academic-community engagement model for partnered research, education and bioethics, Dr. Baquet’s novel model led to leveraging significant cancer and health disparities research funding for community partners and organizations of over $18 million. Her grant portfolio exceeds $78 million.
As associate dean for policy and planning at the University of Maryland School Of Medicine, Dr. Baquet serves as an advocate for better health care, including issues relating to the health needs and models for underserved communities, telemedicine and rural health initiatives. She works closely with elected officials, their staffs and other policymakers. Dr. Baquet also serves as director of the Maryland Area Health Education Center Program, director of the Center for Health Policy/Health Services Research and director of the Center for Health Disparities. In 2003, she became director of the University of Maryland Comprehensive Center for Health Disparities. Dr. Baquet seeks to reduce and eventually eliminate health disparities.
In 2002, Dr. Baquet served as the chair of the Governor’s Commission for the Prevention of Infant Mortality and received the Governor’s Citation for the reduction of the Maryland infant mortality rate. She was formally recognized by the Maryland Senate for her work to reduce cancer disparities and most recently for her long-standing commitment to the community. Dr. Baquet’s recent awards include NIH’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Special Award for “Closing the Health Gap in the Communities We Serve,” the American Public Health Association’s 2005 David P. Rall Award for “Advocacy in Public Health,” the National Medical Association’s Council on Concerns for Women Physicians Research Award, and in May of 2006, Dr. Baquet received the “Racial Justice Award” from the YWCA of the Greater Baltimore Area. In 2010, she was awarded the American Cancer Society National Board of Directors St. George Award. And in 2011, she received the Martin Abeloff Award for Excellence in Cancer Research, Education and Cancer Control from the Maryland Governor’s Cancer Council.
Dr. Baquet received her M.D. in 1977 from Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee, and her M.P.H. in epidemiology in 1983 from Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health. Her residency was in pathology at St. Louis University and Wadsworth Veterans Administration Hospital. Dr. Baquet completed a postgraduate training program in “Cancer Risk Assessment” at City of Hope Clinical Cancer Genetics Program.