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11th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved

Financial Support for Attendance 

Scholar-in-Training Awards
Thirty-five presenters of meritorious abstracts have been selected by the Conference Chairs to receive an award to attend this conference. All graduate and medical students, postdoctoral fellows, and physicians-in-training who are AACR members were eligible for consideration. The names of the Scholar-in-Training awardees, affiliations, and poster numbers are provided below. The AACR sincerely thanks the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) of the National Cancer Institute and Aflac, Inc., for their support of these awards.

AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards—Supported by the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) of the National Cancer Institute

Adebola Adegboyega, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, B097
Muthana Al Abo, Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, North Carolina, B050
Caitlin Gloeckner Allen, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, B090
Anusha Angajala, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, B052
Oluwole A. Babatunde, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, B075
Aleksandr R. Bukatko, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, Missouri, B085
Leslie Renee Carnahan, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, A051, A052
Lindsay J. Collin, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, C053
Dibash Kumar Das, CUNY Lehman College, Bronx, New York, A109
Mart Angelo Dela Cruz, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, C036
Narjust Duma, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, A120
Megan C. Edmonds, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia, A057
Mohamed M. Gad, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, A110
Matthew E. Gaubatz, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, A115
Priyatham Gorjala, Roseman University of Health Sciences, Las Vegas, Nevada, B017
Andreana Natalie Holowatyj, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, C079
Eejung Kim, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio, A122
Katie M. Marker, University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, California, C051, PR05
Rachel Martini, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, B058
Jennifer K. McGee-Avila, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, B083
Maria Munoz-Sagastibelza, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, B059
Michelle K. Naidoo, Hunter College of the City University of New York, New York, New York, B068, PR09
Benjamin C. Onyeagucha, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, B066
Gargi Pal, CUNY Hunter College, New York, New York, B044
Neelima Panth, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina, B088
Katherine Marie Polednik, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, A117
Elizabeth J. Polter, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, B037
Emily Mae Rencsok, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, B022
Silvia J. Serrano-Gómez, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, Bogotá, Colombia, C065
Jennifer C. Spencer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, B122
Shelbie D. Stahr, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Little Rock, Arkansas, C049
Dede K. Teteh, City of Hope, Duarte, California, A044
Milkie H. N. Vu, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, A066
Daniel V. Wakefield, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, West Cancer Center, Memphis, Tennessee, A098


AACR Scholar-in-Training Award—Supported by Aflac, Inc.

Eboneé Nicole Butler, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, C016


Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards

Full-time minority faculty and faculty of Minority-Serving Institutions (Historically Black Colleges and Universities [HBCUs], Hispanic-Serving Institutions [HSIs], American Indian Tribally-Controlled Colleges and Universities [AITCCUs], and other postsecondary institutions as defined by the U.S. Department of Education) who present a proffered paper at this conference are encouraged to apply for this meritorious scholar award. Supported by a generous grant from the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities of the National Cancer Institute, the purposes of these awards are to increase the scientific knowledge base of minority faculty and faculty at MSIs, to encourage them in their research, and to assist in inspiring their students to pursue careers in cancer research. Only citizens of the United States or Canada or scientists who are permanent residents of these countries may receive one of these awards. The names of the Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholars, affiliations, and their poster or proffered presentation numbers are provided below.

DeLawnia Comer-Hagans, PhD
Associate Professor, Governors State University, University Park, Illinois
Abstract Title: Creating a mobile device-based educational intervention for African American women with hereditary breast cancer risk
Poster Number: A048

Avonne E. Connor, PhD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland
Abstract Title: The association between diabetes, plasma fructosamine, and risk of mortality after invasive breast cancer among Hispanic and non-Hispanic white women
Poster Number: C077

Shahnjayla K. Connors, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, University of Houston-Downtown, Houston, Texas
Abstract Title: Exploring racial disparities in breast reconstruction after mastectomy at a NCI-Designated Cancer Center
Poster Number: B018

Tisha M. Felder, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina
Abstract Title: "She was like, ‘I’m done. I’m not taking this anymore’ ": Health care provider perspectives about breast cancer survivors’ nonadherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy
Poster Number: A069

Constance B. Hilliard, PhD
Professor, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Abstract Title: Ecological model links Proto-oncogene to high susceptibility of Blacks to TRPV6-expressing metastatic cancers
Poster Number: B069

Laundette P. Jones, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
Abstract Title: Planning for scale-up of an evidence-based intervention in community settings: Project HEAL insights from the SPRINT Initiative
Poster Number: A024

Adana A.M. Llanos, PhD
Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Public Health, Piscataway, New Jersey
Abstract Title: Associations of leptin and leptin receptor protein and gene expression with breast cancer clinicopathologic features
Poster Number: C063

Gilberto Lopez, ScD
Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, Rochester, New York
Abstract Title: The relationship between migration and integration stressors and tobacco use in a migrant Mixteco community
Poster Number: A094

Khadijah A. Mitchell, PhD
Assistant Professor, Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania
Abstract Title: Integrative epigenomic and transcriptomic analyses of kidney cancers from African Americans and European Americans
Poster Number: A112

Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, PhD
Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri
Abstract Title: Disparities and factors associated with 30-day mortality following surgical treatment for squamous cell head and neck cancer with or without adjuvant therapy
Poster Number: B014


AACR-MICR Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research
Presenters of a proffered paper who are full-time predoctoral (graduate or medical) students, residents, and clinical or postdoctoral fellows who are engaged in cancer research or have the training and potential to make contributions to this field are encouraged to apply for this meritorious scholar award. Supported by a generous grant from the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities of the National Cancer Institute, this program applies only to racial/ethnic minority groups that have been identified by the NCI as being traditionally under-represented in cancer and biomedical research, i.e., African American/Black, Alaskan Native, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, and Native Pacific Islander. Only citizens of the United States or Canada or scientists who are permanent residents of these countries may receive one of these awards. The names of the Minority Scholars, affiliations, and their poster or proffered presentation numbers are provided below.

Jennifer I. Alexander, PhD
Graduate Student, Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Abstract Title: Loss of cytoskeletal protein palladin desensitizes pancreatic cancer associated fibroblast to TGFβ1-dependent desmoplastic induction
Poster Number: B070

Julia Adele Devonish, MD, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo, New York
Abstract Title: Community outreach navigation of minority and medically underserved women in rural Arkansas to mammography facilities: Evolution and experiential results of the National Witness Project® from the last decade
Poster Number: A018

Abdi T. Gudina, MPH
Graduate Student, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Abstract Title: Racial/ethnic disparities in inflammatory breast cancer survival in the Michigan Cancer Surveillance Program
Poster Number: C106

Carol Y. Ochoa, MPH
Graduate Student, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Abstract Title: Parental health communication and satisfaction with medical providers of childhood cancer survivors: Differences by race/ethnicity and language
Poster Number: A013

Xavier E. Ramos-Cardona, BS
Graduate Student, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Abstract Title: Canine CAR T-cells therapy for mammary carcinoma in dogs
Poster Number: B021

Crystal S. Seldon, MD
Resident, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Marietta, Georgia
Abstract Title: Gender diversity in academic oncology programs
Poster Number: A075

Brandi P. Smith, MS
Graduate Student, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois
Abstract Title: A machine learning-based approach to identify biomarkers of environmental toxicant exposures relevant to liver cancer disparities in rural Illinois
Poster Number: C003

Jeronay K. Thomas, MS
Graduate Student, Morehouse School of Medicine, Mableton, Georgia
Abstract Title: Antibody microarray analysis of signaling networks regulated by the CCR9/CCL25 axis in African American and Caucasian American triple-negative breast cancer
Poster Number: C113

Odalys J. Torres-Luquis, BS
Graduate Student, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Abstract Title: Lymph circulating tumor cells are phenotypically different from tumor cells circulating in the blood
Poster Number: C114

Nikita D. Wright, BS, Graduate Student, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
Abstract Title: Lack of HER4 signaling predicts poor prognosis among triple-negative breast cancer patients of African descent: A multi-institutional study
Poster Number: C026


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