The AACR-Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) of ASCO Young Investigator Award for Translational Cancer Research funds a physician-scientist during the transition from a fellowship program to a faculty appointment. 2020 Recipient Dr. Mathios speaks on the grant's impact on his research and career.
Sarah Bohndiek, PhD, of the University of Cambridge. once thought she wanted to be an astrophysicist. She trained instead in radiation physics, and a grant from the AACR and Amgen helped her move into molecular imaging and early detection of cancer.
A grant from the AACR in 2000 helped Karlyne Reilly, PhD, launch her career in cancer research. She is now head of the Rare Tumor Initiative at the National Cancer Institute and works to involve scientists, patients, family members, advocates, and healthcare providers in the search for treatments for rare cancers.
The AACR-AstraZeneca Clinical Immuno-oncology Research Training Fellowship Program is designed to encourage exceptional clinical research by bridging close collaboration between academia and industry. 2020 grant recipient Justin A. Chen, shares his perspectives on the impact of the grant.
At the start of his career, Sunil Hingorani, MD, PhD, now at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, had a life-altering experience in caring for a patient with pancreatic cancer. A grant from the AACR in 2005 led him into an investigation that changed his approach to the disease.
In 2008, an AACR Centennial Postdoctoral Fellowship Award enabled Heiko Enderling, PhD, to build a mathematical model that could explain some of the dynamics of cancer stem cells. This research yielded several other papers and helped Dr. Enderling compete for a position at Moffitt Cancer Center, where he currently serves as an Associate Professor, Integrated Mathematical Oncology, Radiation Oncology.
In 2003, Patrick Ma, MD, received the AACR-AstraZeneca-Cancer Research and Prevention Foundation fellowship and used it to study c-Met mutations in lung cancer and the therapeutic potential of targeting c-Met. He's now leader of the multidisciplinary thoracic oncology disease team at the Penn State Cancer Institute. Read how the AACR fellowship helped launch his career.
A post-doctoral fellow at the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Australia, Ashleigh Poh, PhD, received one of the gastric cancer research fellowships given in 2018. She set out to investigate the role of hematopoietic Cell Kinase (HCK) in gastric cancer. Dr. Poh shared how her AACR fellowship made an impact on her research and career.
The Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Career Development Awards for Translational Breast Cancer Research support innovative breast cancer-focused research. 2018 recipient Camila dos Santos, PhD, shared how her career development award made an impact on her research and career.