ASTRO Awards $35,500 in Individual Grants to 43 Researchers


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Bruce G. Haffty, MD, FASTRO

The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has selected 43 recipients to receive a total of $35,500 for the 2014 Annual Meeting Abstract Awards. The awardees will be recognized at ASTRO’s 56th Annual Meeting. ASTRO’s 56th Annual Meeting, takes place San Francisco’s Moscone Center, September 14-17, 2014, and will be led by ASTRO President Bruce G. Haffty, MD, FASTRO.
The theme of the 2014 Meeting is “Targeting Cancer: Technology and Biology.” Watch future issues of The ASCO Post for coverage of ASTRO 2014.

Resident Clinical/Basic Science Research Abstract Award

The Resident Clinical/Basic Science Research Abstract Award recognizes the top three resident authors of the leading abstracts in radiation and cancer biology, clinical practice, and radiation physics (one award in each category). Award winners will receive $1,500 and a trophy during the scientific session in which their abstract is presented. Recipients are:

Radiation and Cancer Biology

  • Andrew Sharabi, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore

Radiation Physics

  • Madhu Sudhan Reddy Gudur, PhD, Stanford University, Stanford

Clinical Practice

  • Stephanie Markovina, MD, PhD, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis

Resident Digital Poster Recognition Award

The Resident Digital Poster Recognition Award honors the three highest rated abstracts selected for digital poster discussions by residents who are the lead author. Awards are presented for one abstract in each category: radiation and cancer biology, clinical practice, and radiation physics. Awardees are:

Radiation and Cancer Biology

  • Pranshu Mohindra, MD, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin

Radiation Physics

  • Adam Gladwish, MD, University of Toronto, Toronto

Clinical Practice

  • Kim Cao, MD, Institut Curie, Paris

Resident Poster Viewing Recognition Award

The Resident Poster Viewing Recognition Award recognizes the highest rated, resident-submitted abstracts selected for paper poster presentations. The top three resident authors in each category (radiation and cancer biology, clinical practice, and radiation physics) are awarded this recognition. The 2014 Resident Poster Viewing Recognition Award recipients are:

Clinical Practice

  • 1st place: Steven Sckolnik, MD, University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona
  • 2nd place: Jessica Zhou, MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • 3rd place: Thomas Mullen, MD, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle

Radiation and Cancer Biology

  • 1st place: Nils Nicolay, MD, PhD, Heidelberg University Hospital, Heidelberg, Germany
  • 2nd place: Kate Barrett, MD, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto
  • 3rd place: Chi Zhang, MD, PhD, Columbia University Medical Center/New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York

Radiation Physics

  • 1st place: Paul Romesser, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
  • 2nd place: Roohi Gupta, PhD, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia
  • 3rd place: Ziad Simon Fawaz, MD, University of Montreal Health Centre, Montreal

Basic Science Abstract Award

The Basic Science Abstract Award recognizes up to 10 basic scientists (lead authors) of abstracts selected for presentation at the 2014 ASTRO Annual Meeting, in the biology or physics categories, with a $1,000 grant and a certificate. Up to five awards are available in each category. Junior investigators must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency or PhD program no more than 4 years prior to the deadline, and senior investigators must be biologists or physicists 4 to 10 years post-PhD or Board certification, whichever comes later. Recipients of the 2014 Basic Science Abstract Award are:

Radiation and Cancer Biology

  • Masayuki Matsuo, MD, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda
  • Everett Moding, BS, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
  • Ngoc Pham, BS, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • Corey Speers, MD, PhD, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor
  • Daniel Spratt, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Radiation Physics

  • Ganiyu Asuni, PhD, Cancercare Manitoba, Winnipeg
  • Jeremy Booth, PhD, Northern Sydney Cancer Centre, Sydney
  • Fiona Hegi-Johnson, MBBS, University of Sydney, Sydney
  • Xia Li, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Yana Zlateva, MS, McGill University, Montreal

Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract/Travel Award

The Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract/Travel Award recognizes outstanding abstracts submitted by early career scientists, biologists, and physicists. Up to 15 awards of $1,000 each are given (five in each category) to help offset travel expenses to attend ASTRO’s Annual Meeting. Awardees are the lead authors of high-scoring abstracts selected for presentation at the 2014 ASTRO Annual Meeting. They include:

Clinical Practice

  • Kamran Ahmed, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa
  • Ben Creelan, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa
  • Clement Ho, MD, MS, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
  • Anthony Paravati, MD, MBA, University of California, San Diego
  • John Vargo, MD, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh

Radiation and Cancer Biology

  • Miran Blanchard, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester
  • Nevine Hanna, MD, MPH, University of California, Irvine
  • Amanda Walker, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore
  • Christopher Wright, BS, Thomas Jefferson Medical School, Philadelphia
  • Zachary Zumsteg, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Radiation Physics

  • Olivia Kelada, MS, BS, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven
  • Yilin Liu, PhD, Duke University, Durham
  • Jan Schuemann, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Almut Troeller, MS, Beaumont Health System, Royal Oak, Michigan
  • Stephen Yip, PhD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, Boston

International–U.S. Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract Award

The International–U.S. Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract Award provides a $4,000 grant to a radiation oncologist from a developing country to attend ­ASTRO’s Annual Meeting and to spend one week at a comprehensive cancer center in the United States. The award fosters continuing medical education, assists in career development, and aids in establishing relationships with ASTRO members who may serve as scientific mentors to the award winner. Recipients are the lead author of an abstract selected for presentation at the 2014 ASTRO Annual Meeting and have a letter of support from the Chair/Mentor of the U.S. institution that will host the awardee at their cancer center. The awardee must submit a written summary of their Annual Meeting participation and the experience garnered at the host cancer center. The recipient of the 2014 International – U.S. Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract Award is:

  • Yun Chiang, MD, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Annual Meeting Nurse Abstract Award

The Annual Meeting Nurse Abstract Award honors the two highest rated abstracts with a nursing designation. Award candidates must be nurses who are the lead author or co-author of an abstract selected for presentation at the 2014 ASTRO Annual Meeting. Awardees will be recognized with a $1,000 grant and certificate at the Nurses’ Luncheon. The 2014 Annual Meeting Nurses’ Abstract Award recipients are:

  • Chiaki Fujioka, RN, Tane General Hospital, Osaka, Japan
  • Diane Serra, MS, RN, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center, New York  ■


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