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2019 Global Scholar-in-Training Awards 

The AACR was proud to offer Global Scholar-in-Training Awards (GSITA) to support the participation of 15 meritorious early-career scientists from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in its Annual Meeting 2019. The GSITA program builds upon the success of the African Cancer Research Travel Award, which over the course of three years (2016-2018) benefited 15 African scientists from seven countries—Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Sudan—and expands the program to eligible investigators from all LMICs. This year, GSITA recipients hailed from nine LMICs— Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Nigeria, South Africa, and Turkey.

Kanchan ChakmaKanchan Chakma, PhD
University of Chittagong
Chittagong, Bangladesh 

Abstract 821. DNA hypermethylation of IRX4 is a frequent event that may confer growth advantage to pancreatic cancer cells

Titilope M. DokunmuTitilope M. Dokunmu, PhD
Covenant University
Ota, Nigeria

Abstract 5048. Determination of haptoglobin, hemoglobin genotypes and malaria incidence in Nigerian breast cancer patients

Carolina C. GomesCarolina C. Gomes, DDS, PhD
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Abstract 4663. KRAS mutations drive adenomatoid odontogenic tumor and are independent of clinicopathological features

Alyaa F. HessinAlyaa F. Hessin, MPA, MS
The National Research Centre
Dokki, Giza, Egypt

Abstract 1459. Construction and assessment of a novel Listeria monocytogenes-based vaccine targeting squamous cell carcinoma

Ozhan OcalOzhan Ocal, PhD
Bilkent University
Ankara, Turkey

Abstract 1790. Investigation of oncogenic G-protein coupled receptor signaling pathways in Kras dependent pancreatic cancer cell lines

Ana Karina OliveiraAna Karina Oliveira, PhD
Brazilian Center for Research in Energy and Materials-CNPEM
Campinas, Brazil

Abstract 2800. Oral cancer cell-derived extracellular vesicles can modulate an immunosuppressive microenvironment through M2 phenotype polarization

Jeremiah Olorunjuwon OlugbamiJeremiah Olorunjuwon Olugbami, PhD
University of Ibadan
Ibadan, Nigeria

Abstract 1867. Liver and urinary bladder cancers: The modifying role of aqueous leaf extract of Terminalia glaucescens Planch. ex Benth

Mohamed H. OsmanMohamed H. Osman
Zagazig University
Zagazig City, Egypt

Abstract 1644. Pancreatic cancer survival prediction using machine learning and comparing its performance with TNM staging system and prognostic nomograms

Doğancan ÖzturanDoğancan Özturan
Koc University
Istanbul, Turkey

Abstract 5208. Genome-wide AR enhancer activity in prostate cancer

Saumya PatelSaumya Patel, PhD
Gujarat University
Ahmedabad, India

Abstract 2106. Role of organic cation transporter-1 (OCT-1) in drug resistance condition of ph+ chronic myeloid leukemia (CML)

Tirzah Braz Petta LajusTirzah Braz Petta Lajus, PhD
Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte
Natal, Brazil

Abstract 4171. Identification of individuals with colonic polyposis in a highly inbred region

Guoliang Qiao, MD, PhD
Capital Medical University
Beijing, China

Abstract 1426. Expansion of CD8+PD-1+ T cells restored TCR repertoire as a prognostic marker to adoptive T cell immunotherapy of advanced pancreatic cancer

Silvia J. Serrano-Gómez, PhD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología
Bogotá, Colombia

Abstract 460. Understanding transcriptomic profiles that might explain discordance of the PAM50 and immunohistochemistry classification methods in luminal tumors from Colombian women

Pauline J. van der Watt, PhD
University of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

Abstract 1729. Investigating deregulated circadian clock machinery in cancer cells

Wu ZhangWu Zhang, PhD
Shanghai Institute of Hematology
Shanghai, China

Abstract 4406. TRIB3 stabilizes high TWIST1 expression to promote rapid APL progression and ATRA resistance