AACR supports faculty at minority-serving institutions


PHILADELPHIA -- Throughout the year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) selects faculty members in minority-serving institutions who have shown excellence and dedication in the field of cancer research. They come from institutions which are historically Black, predominantly Hispanic, and Tribal Colleges and Universities.

The AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Awards in Cancer Research is supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute's Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Program.

Awardees are chosen by an Advisory Committee of the AACR. Candidates must have completed doctoral studies or clinical fellowships relevant to cancer research and hold full-time faculty positions at the level of assistant professor or above at an institution designated as minority-serving. Candidates also must be engaged in meritorious basic, clinical, or translational cancer research.

A total of four faculty at Minority-Serving Institutions have received awards from AACR and attended Special Conferences, "Regulation of Cell Death in Oncogenesis," and "Oncogenomics 2005: Dissecting Cancer Through Genome Research."

Winners are as listed below.

"Regulation of Cell Death in Oncogenesis,"
January 26-30, 2005 Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii
Chien-an A. Hu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.
Duane E. Johnson, Ph.D., Director of Research, Dillard University, New Orleans, La.
KiTani, A. Parker-Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dillard University, New Orleans, La.

"Oncogenomics 2005: Dissecting Cancer Through Genome Research,"
February 2-6, 2005, Omni San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CA
Ronald D. Thomas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, Fla.

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