Minority researchers receive AACR awards

02/08/05

PHILADELPHIA -- Each year, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) presents awards to minority scholars who have made an impact in cancer research, and show potential to continue to do so in the future.

AACR Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research go to full-time graduate or medical students, residents, clinical or postdoctoral fellows, or junior faculty members. Recipients of the awards are chosen on the stipulation that applicants fit the National Cancer Institute definition of groups traditionally underrepresented in cancer and biomedical research. These groups include African Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hispanics, Native Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders.

For 2005 AACR Special Conferences, "Regulation of Cell Death in Oncogenesis," held in Waikoloa, Hawaii and "Oncogenomics 2005: Dissecting Cancer Through Genome Research," held in San Diego, California, 6 awards have been granted. The funds allow early career scientists to attend the conference where it may not have been previously possible.

Grants for these awards are provided by the Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch of the National Cancer Institute. Scientists are nominated and receive the awards based on their qualifications, references from mentors, and potential professional benefit. Awardees are chosen by an Advisory Committee of the AACR.

Winners of Minority Scholar Awards are listed below.

"Regulation of Cell Death in Oncogenesis"
January 26-30, 2005, Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, Hawaii.
Theodore O. Garnett, M.S., Graduate Student, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, Calif.
Neali D. Hendrix, B.S., Graduate Student, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Esther A. Obeng, B.S., Graduate Student, University of Miami, Miami, Fla.
Felipe Samaniego, M.D., Assistant Professor, UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.
Adrienne J. Smith, M.S., Graduate Student, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Wayne S. Zundel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Brown Cancer Center, Louisville, Ky.

"Oncogenomics 2005: Dissecting Cancer Through Genome Research,"
February 2-6, 2005 Omni San Diego Hotel, San Diego, Calif.
Levi A. Garraway, M.D., Ph.D., Clinical Fellow, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.
Lewis R. Roberts, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.

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