Conquer Cancer Foundation Awards Oncology Fellows for GI Cancer Research


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The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Awards will be presented to 20 leading oncology trainees for their important contributions to gastrointestinal cancer research. This year’s recipients will be recognized at the 2012 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, which takes place January 19-21 in San Francisco.

The Merit Awards are designed to promote clinical cancer research by young investigators and provide them with the opportunity to present their research at the 2012 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium. Recipients were selected based on the scientific merit of their abstracts and will receive funding to help with travel expenses to attend the meeting. The 2012 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium Merit Awards are supported through restricted educational grants from Amgen.

The recipients (and their research topics) are:

  • Daniel Abbott, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Neoadjuvant chemoradiation versus surgery first for resectable pancreatic head adenocarcinoma: An economic and outcome analysis.
  • Amanda Arrington, MD, City of Hope National Medical Center
    Laparoscopic gastrectomy for gastric adenocarcinoma: A single institution’s experience and oncologic outcomes of 65 consecutive patients.
  • Genevieve Boland, MD, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Association of NCCN guideline adherence with improved survival in high-risk stage II and stage III colon cancer.
  • Terence Chua, BSc Med, MB BS, University of New South Wales
    Early and long-term outcome data on 2,298 patients with pseudomyxoma peritonei of appendiceal origin treated by a strategy of cytoreductive surgery and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy.
  • Sebastian De La Fuente, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
    Safety and oncologic outcomes of robotic-assisted esophagogastrectomy.

    Mary Guye, MD, City of Hope National Medical Center
  • The prognostic significance of extra-intestinal tumor location for primary nonmetastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors.
  • Danielle Hari, MD, John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. Johns Health Center
    A 21-year analysis of lymph node trends in colon cancer: Do quality measures really matter?
  • Alex Haynes, MD, MPH, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Association between delays in adjuvant chemotherapy for stage III colon cancer and increased mortality.
  • Melissa Labonte, MD, University of Southern California Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Use of EGF A61G polymorphism to predict overall survival in a phase III study of gemcitabine plus cetuximab versus gemcitabine in patients with locally advanced or metastatic pancreatic adenocarcinoma (SWOG 0205).
  • Anna Leung, MD, John Wayne Cancer Institute at St. Johns Health Center
    Changing national trends and survival in stage IV gastric cancer.
  • Lee McGhan, MB, BCh, Mayo Clinic
    Validation of a gastric cancer nomogram using a U.S. cancer registry.
  • Abigail Milby, MD, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
    Long-term cardiopulmonary mortality after radiation for locally advanced esophageal cancer.
  • Manali Patel, MD, Stanford University Medical Center
    Seventh edition (2010) of gastric adenocarcinoma AJCC staging system: Is there room for improvement?
  • Jose Pimiento, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute
    Low 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake on positron emission tomography as a prognostic factor for stage I and II pancreatic cancer.
  • Maria Russell, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Lymph node metastasis in patients with early pathologic T-stage rectal cancers: What does local excision leave behind?
  • Heath Skinner, MD, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Phase I trial of radiotherapy with concurrent bevacizumab, erlotinib, and capecitabine for locally advanced pancreatic cancer (LAPC).
  • Akihiro Suzuki, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Nomograms for prognostication of patients with esophageal and gastroesophageal carcinoma undergoing definitive chemoradiotherapy.
  • Takashi Taketa, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Outcome of trimodality-eligible esophagogastric cancer (EC) patients who declined surgery after preoperative chemoradiation.
  • Ryan Thomas, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Selective reoperation for locally recurrent or metastatic pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma following primary pancreatic resection.
  • George Van Buren, MD, University of Pittsburgh
    Phase II trial of fixed-dose rate gemcitabine, bevacizumab, and concurrent 30 gy radiotherapy as preoperative treatment for potentially resectable pancreatic adenocarcinoma.


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