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2022 Minority and Minority-Serving Institution in Cancer Research Awardees at the 15th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorites and the Medically Underserved. 

The AACR-MICR Council is very pleased to administer this important program, which provides funds for the participation of full-time minority faculty and faculty of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) in the AACR Annual Meeting and special conferences. Recipients of this award are scientists who are working at the level of Assistant Professor or above who are engaged in meritorious basic, clinical, or translational cancer research.

Since its inception in 1997, this award program has been supported by a generous grant provided by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) works to increase the number of underrepresented minorities participating as competitive NCI/ NIH-funded cancer researchers.

The Board of Directors of the AACR and the MICR Council express their appreciation to the NCI-CRCHD for its long-term and generous support of this program and congratulates these outstanding Scholars.

The names and affiliations of the 2022 Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholars are listed below.

CONGRATULATIONS 2022 MINORITY AND MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTION FACULTY SCHOLAR IN CANCER RESEARCH AWARDEES at the 15th AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorites and the Medically Underserved!

Eric Adjei Boakye, PhD

Eric Adjei Boakye, PhD

Assistant Scientist
Henry Ford Health System
Public Health Sciences and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery
Detroit, Michigan

John M. Allen, PharmD

John M. Allen, PharmD

Associate Professor
University of Florida College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research
Orlando, Florida

Marquita W. Lewis-Thames, PhD, MPH, MS

Marquita W. Lewis-Thames, PhD, MPH, MS

Assistant Professor
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical Social Science
Chicago, Illinois

Karen Judith Ortiz-Ortiz, MA, MPH, DrPH

Karen Judith Ortiz-Ortiz, MA, MPH, DrPH

Assistant Professor
University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Bi-Dar Wang, PhD, MS, BS

Bi-Dar Wang, PhD, MS, BS

Associate Professor
University of Maryland Eastern Shore School of Pharmacy
Pharmaceutical Sciences
Princess Anee, Maryland