AACR recognizes women in cancer research

02/08/05

PHILADELPHIA -- The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has granted a scholarship to two outstanding women in cancer research through the AACR-Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Brigid G. Leventhal Scholar Award in Cancer Research program.

Melissa J. Parsons, B.S., graduate student of Emory University, Atlanta, Ga., and G. Ruth Thomas, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow of UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, Calif. are the first award recipients for 2005. They attended the AACR Special Conference "Regulation of Cell Death in Oncogenesis," which took place January 26-30, 2005 at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii.

The stipulations of the award are as follows: candidates must be scientists-in-training and first authors of meritorious scientific papers selected for presentation at AACR Special Conferences, or the Annual Meeting. They must be members of Women in Cancer Research (WICR), full-time graduate students, medical students, residents, clinical fellows or the equivalent, or postdoctoral fellows. Awards are made possible by grants from AstraZeneca and Novartis Oncology.

Dr. Brigid Grey Leventhal, the award's namesake, was a pioneer among women seeking a career in cancer research. Dr. Leventhal, one of only six women to graduate from the Harvard Medical School class of 1960, began her career in pediatric oncology at the National Cancer Institute. In 1976, she joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she remained until she herself succumbed to cancer in 1994.

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