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Conquer Cancer Foundation Announces 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Awards

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The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO has announced the recipients of its 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Awards. These distinguished awards support oncology trainees who are first authors on abstracts selected for presentation at the ASCO Annual Meeting.

This year, Conquer Cancer will recognize 125 recipients with Merit Awards at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting, having already awarded 33 symposia-specific Merit Awards in 2019. These oncology professionals are recognized in their respective field and for research advancements within the cancer care community. 

"These Merit Awards are critical to support the research of early-career oncologists,” said Suzanne George, MD, Chair of the ASCO Scientific Program Committee. “The field of oncology depends on innovation to discover new and dramatic advances across the cancer care continuum, and supporting research from the time of oncology training onward is key to establishing a foundation for a career in cancer research. It is an honor to present these awards to such a remarkable group of oncology professionals in the early years of their career, whose findings are improving the quality of care for people with cancer.”

See the complete list of 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Award recipients.

Special Merit Awards are presented each year to trainees and junior faculty who have the top-ranking abstracts for the ASCO Annual Meeting. The ASCO Scientific Program Committee will present five additional recipients with Special Merit Awards in their respective abstract categories:

  • Dai Chihara, MD, PhD: Bradley Stuart Beller Endowed Merit Award for the highest-ranking abstract overall
  • Sarah Abou Alaiwi, MD: Allen S. Lichter, MD, Endowed Merit Award for the second highest-ranking abstract overall
  • Po-Ju Lin, PhD, MPH, RD: Pain and Symptom Management Special Merit Award for the highest-ranking abstract in pain and symptom management research
  • Adriana Fonseca, MD: Brigid Leventhal Special Merit Award for the top-ranking abstract in pediatric oncology
  • Sumit Gupta, MD, PhD: James B. Nachman Endowed ASCO Junior Faculty Award in Pediatric Oncology for the highest-scoring abstract in pediatric oncology.

See a full list of Merit Award supporters and awardee affiliations.

The content in this post has not been reviewed by the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc. (ASCO®) and does not necessarily reflect the ideas and opinions of ASCO®.


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