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ASCO, Conquer Cancer Congratulate 2018 Grant and Award Recipients


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Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, FASCO, Conquer Cancer Board Chair

Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, FASCO, Conquer Cancer Board Chair

ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation presented more than $7.3 million in grants and awards to exceptional oncology researchers at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting. ASCO and Conquer Cancer congratulate the recipients and offer their profound thanks to those who generously supported these awards. Visit -CONQUER.org to learn more about each award and make a donation to support cancer research. All recipient lists and institutions are up to date as of June 7, 2018.

Advanced Clinical Research Award (ACRA) in Breast Cancer

3-year, $450,000 award that funds original breast cancer research in an area that is currently not funded.

  • Mariana Chavez MacGregor, MD, MSc, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Career Development Award (CDA)

3-year, $200,000 grant that funds clinical investigators who have received their initial faculty appointment and are working to establish an independent, patient-focused, clinical cancer research program.

  • Ayal A. Aizer, MD, MHS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Saud H. AlDubayan, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Tina Cascone, MD, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Phedias Diamandis, MD, PhD, University Health Network
  • Marios Giannakis, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Genentech BioOncology™ CDA)
  • Daniel M. Halperin, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Tae Kon Kim, MD, PhD, Yale University
  • Benjamin H. Lok, MD, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • Stephanie S. Markovina, MD, PhD, Washington University
  • Jonathan M. Marron, MD, MPH, Harvard Medical School
  • Otto Metzger, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Breast Cancer Research Foundation® CDA)
  • Ciara C. O’Sullivan, MB, BCh, BAO, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/AstraZeneca CDA)
  • Nitya Raj, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Daniel Sanghoon Shin, MD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Roy E. Strowd, III, MD, Med, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Lilly CDA)

Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Research Fellowship

Funds an early-career investigator for his or her unique work in breast cancer research.

  • Clinton Yam, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

International Development and Education Award (IDEA)

Supports early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries to further their knowledge and careers and establish strong long-term relationships with leading ASCO members who serve as scientific mentors.

  • Ryan Anthony Agas, MD, Benavides Cancer Institute, University of Santo Tomas Hospital (Philippines)
  • Rereloluwa Babalola, MBChB, Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile-Ife (Nigeria)
  • Jimmy Awisan Billod, MD, Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (Philippines)
  • Arunangshu Das, MBBS, FCPS, Square Hospitals Ltd (Bangladesh)
  • Jennifer Ivonne Dominguez, MD, MSc, (Guatemala), Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion “Salvador Zubiran” (Mexico)
  • Ivana Dusan Durutovic, MD, Clinical Center of Montenegro (Montenegro)
  • Samir Fasih, MBBS, MD, MS, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (Pakistan)
  • Aynur Oktamovna Kenjaeva, MD, Kazakh Institute Oncology and Radiology (Kazakhstan)
  • Ishmael Kyei, MBBS, MD, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (Ghana)
  • Raul Alejandro Lopez, MD, Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia (Mexico)
  • Vinicius Lorandi, MD, Hospital do Cancer Mae de Deus (Brazil)
  • Pesona Grace Lucksom, MBBS, MS, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (India)
  • Angela Awino Mcligeyo, MBBS, University of Nairobi (Kenya)
  • Patience Musiwa-Mba, MBBS, MS, Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals (Zimbabwe)
  • Ram Vasudevan Nampoothiri, MBBS, MD, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (India)
  • Sami Saleem Omar, MBBS, Rizgary Oncology Center (Iraq)
  • Jitendra Pariyar, MD, Civil Service Hospital (Nepal)
  • Andra Piciu, MD, PhD, “Prof. Dr. Ion Chiricuta” Institute of Oncology Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
  • Raul Rogelio Trejo Rosales, MD, Hospital Oncologico, Centro Medico Nacional Siglo XXI (Mexico)
  • Edom Seife Woldetsadik, MD, Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia)

IDEA in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC)

Supports early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries with medical education in palliative care, career development, and strong relationships with leading ASCO members in the field of palliative care who serve as scientific mentors.

  • Pauline Anne Cauton, MD, St. Luke’s Medical Center (Philippines)
  • Anuja Damani, MBBS, MD, Tata Memorial Centre (India)
  • Eunice Nkechi Omoyeni, MBBS, MPH, University College Hospital, Ibadan (Nigeria)
  • Shristi Tiwari, MBBS, MD, Nepal Cancer Hospital and Research Center (Nepal)

International Innovation Grant (IIG)

1-year, up to $20,000 grants, given directly to each awardee’s nonprofit organization or government agency, that fund research projects aimed at improving cancer care in low- and middle-income countries that have the potential to be transferable to similar resource settings.

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Sushma Bhatnagar, MD
  • Centro Universitario Contra el Cáncer, Hospital Universitario “Dr. José Eleuterio González” U.A.N.L., Laura Rodriguez Romo, MD
  • Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Fidel Rubagumya, MBBS

Long-Term International Fellowship (LIFe)

1-year fellowship to enrich the education and training of young oncologists in low- and middle-income countries with an ASCO mentor in the United States, Canada, or the European Union.

  • Dorothy C. Lombe, MD, Cancer Diseases Hospital (Zambia)

Medical Student Rotation (MSR) for Underrepresented Populations

Supports 8- to 10-week clinical or clinical research oncology rotations for U.S. medical students from populations underrepresented in medicine who are interested in oncology careers.

  • Mustafa Basree, University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Anita Chanana, Stanford University
  • Kirsten Concha-Moore, University of Arizona
  • Kimberly Loo, Temple University, Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Veronica Manzo, Stanford University
  • Sylvestor Moses, PhD, University of Arizona
  • Kekoa Taparra, PhD, Mayo Clinic

Resident Travel Award (RTA) for Underrepresented Populations

Provides financial support for residents from populations underrepresented in medicine to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting.

  • Maria Garcia-Jimenez, MD, MS, New York University
  • Joannie Ivory, MD, Saint Louis University
  • Carla Justiniano, MD, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Patrick J. Moore, MD, East Carolina University
  • Jenny Ruiz, MD, Columbia University Medical Center
  • Cristian Serna-Tamayo, MD, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

YIA recipients during 2018 Grants & Awards Ceremony and Reception

Young Investigator Award (YIA)

1-year, $50,000 grant that helps early-career researchers establish the direction of their research during the transition from fellowship to a faculty appointment. Global Oncology YIAs, being awarded for the first time this year, support early-career researchers with projects focused on addressing global health needs in oncology.

  • Reham Abdel-Wahab, MD, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Global Oncology YIA)
  • Rajiv Agarwal, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Anna Braglia Endowed YIA in Cancer Supportive Care, supported by HELSINN)
  • David H. Aggen, MD, PhD, NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center
  • Kathryn C. Arbour, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Gateway for Cancer Research YIA)
  • Marina Baretti, MD, Johns Hopkins University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/AMMF – The Cholangiocarcinoma Charity, The Bili Project Foundation, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, TargetCancer Foundation YIA)
  • Allison Betof Warner, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Amgen YIA)
  • Edward L. Briercheck, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Global Oncology YIA)
  • Andrew R. Bruggeman, MD, University of California, San Diego (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Endowed YIA in memory of Sally Gordon)
  • Zachary S. Buchwald, MD, PhD, Emory University
  • Jad Chahoud, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/TESARO YIA)
  • Huizi Chen, MD, PhD, The Ohio State University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/AstraZeneca YIA)
  • Eric Christenson, MD, Johns Hopkins University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Breast Cancer Research Foundation® YIA)
  • Jennifer L. Crombie, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Puma Biotechnology, Inc. Women Who Conquer Cancer YIA)
  • Anastasios Dimou, MD, University of Colorado Cancer Center (AACR-Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Young Investigator Translational Cancer Research Award)
  • Adam D. Durbin, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/QuadW YIA in memory of Willie Tichenor)
  • Hany Elmariah, MD, MS, Johns Hopkins University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Florida Society of Clinical Oncology YIA)
  • Penny Fang, MD, MBA, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Genentech BioOncology™ YIA)
  • Timothy T. Ferng, MD, University of California, San Francisco (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Association of Northern California Oncologists YIA)
  • Ana Christina Garrido-Castro, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Estate of Darla C. Ellis Women Who Conquer Cancer YIA)
  • Carl M. Gay, MD, PhD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Lung Cancer Alliance YIA)
  • Karthik V. Giridhar, MD, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Genomic Health, Inc. YIA)
  • Colin D. Godwin, MD, MPhil, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/The John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation YIA)
  • Pedram Heidari, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Merck & Co., Inc. YIA)
  • Wade T. Iams, MD, Northwestern University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Merck & Co., Inc. YIA)
  • Megan Insco, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Genentech BioOncology™ YIA)
  • Russell W. Jenkins, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Genentech BioOncology™ YIA)
  • Allison June Kaeding, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Strike 3 Foundation YIA)
  • Tyler G. Ketterl, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Journal of Clinical Oncology YIA)
  • Niloufer Khan, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Gilead Sciences, Inc. YIA)
  • Chul Kim, MD, MPH, Georgetown University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Norman Rales YIA)
  • Paul B. Koller, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Texas Society of Clinical Oncology YIA)
  • Andrew L. Laccetti, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/ASCO Clinical Practice Committee & State Affiliate Council YIA)
  • Lauren Levine, MD, MS, University of California, San Francisco (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Women Leaders in Oncology Women Who Conquer Cancer YIA)
  • Ang Li, MD, University of Washington (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/TESARO YIA)
  • Eben I. Lichtman, MD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jessica J. Lin, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/AstraZeneca YIA)
  • David Liu, MD, MPH, MS, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/AbbVie, Inc. YIA)
  • Sydney X. Lu, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Åke Bertil Eriksson Endowed YIA)
  • Liam C. Macleod, MD, MPH, University of Pittsburgh (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Kidney Cancer Association YIA)
  • Abhishek A. Mangaonkar, MBBS, Mayo -Clinic, Minnesota (Fred J. Ansfield, MD, -Endowed YIA)
  • Steven Maron, MD, The University of Chicago (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Lilly YIA)
  • Kamal Menghrajani, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Endowed YIA in memory of Sally Gordon)
  • Manoj P. Menon, MD, MPH, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Global Oncology YIA)
  • Douglas S. Micalizzi, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Brian C. Miller, MD, PhD, -Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Jane C. Wright, MD, Endowed YIA)
  • Devarati Mitra, MD, PhD, -Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Ankur Nagaraja, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Boehringer Ingelheim Endowed YIA in Gastrointestinal Cancers)
  • Hong Ha Rosa Nguyen, MD, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/The Sontag Foundation YIA)
  • Maliha Nusrat, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Tomasello Family Women Who Conquer Cancer YIA)
  • Clement D. Okello, MD, Uganda Cancer Institute (Global Oncology YIA)
  • Daniel S. O’Neil, MD, MPH, NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Endowed YIA in memory of Evelyn H. Lauder)
  • Matthew S. Painschab, MD, The University of North Carolina at -Chapel Hill (Global Oncology YIA)
  • Eileen E. Parkes, MB BCh, PhD, Queen’s University Belfast (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/AstraZeneca YIA)
  • Ravi B. Patel, MD, PhD, University of Wisconsin (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/The Hayden Family Foundation YIA)
  • Zachary J. Reitman, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Strike 3 Foundation YIA)
  • Monica M. Rivera Franco, MD, MSc, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Medicas y Nutricion Salvador Zubiran (Global Oncology YIA)
  • Luis Leonardo Rojas P., MD, Foundation for Clinical and Applied Cancer Research (Global Oncology YIA)
  • Rachael Rowswell-Turner, MD, PhD, University of Rochester Medical Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Bristol-Myers Squibb Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer YIA)
  • Alejandro Sanchez, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Shawn M. Sarkaria, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center (Harry F. Bisel, MD, Endowed YIA)
  • Alison M. Schram, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Merck & Co., Inc. YIA)
  • Eugene Shenderov, MD, DPhil, Johns Hopkins University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Ruth Rales YIA)
  • David S. Shulman, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Sarcoma Foundation of America YIA)
  • Adam S. Sperling, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Endowed YIA in memory of John R. Durant, MD)
  • Paolo Strati, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Inc YIA)
  • Brian Sworder, MD, PhD, Stanford University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Merck & Co., Inc. YIA)
  • Jessica J. Tao, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Greg Parekh YIA)
  • Diane Tseng, MD, PhD, Stanford University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/AstraZeneca YIA)
  • Sherilyn A. Tuazon, MD, MS, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Neil Vasan, MD, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Breast Cancer Research Foundation® YIA)
  • Adrienne Gropper Waks, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Breast Cancer Research Foundation® YIA)
  • Audrey Wallace, MD, MSN, University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Breast Cancer Research Foundation® YIA in honor of Susan Hirschhorn and in memory of her mother)
  • Seth A. Wander, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Twisted Pink YIA)
  • Adam J. Waxman, MD, University of Pennsylvania (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Endowed YIA in honor of Grant R. and Victoria A. Merryman)
  • Ruth A. White, MD, PhD, NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Ewa Maria Kukrika YIA)
  • Clinton Yam, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Funded through the Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Research -Fellowship)
  • Jessica Yang, MD, NewYork-Presbyterian and Columbia University Medical Center (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer YIA)
  • Daniel W. Yokom, MD, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/Genentech BioOncology™ YIA)
  • Neeha Zaidi, MD, Johns Hopkins University (Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/ASCO Employee YIA) ■

2018 Grant and Award Supporters

ACRA in Breast Cancer: Breast Cancer Research Foundation® • CDA: AbbVie, Inc.; Amgen; Astellas; AstraZeneca; the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®; Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment; Genentech BioOncology™; Lilly • Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Research Fellowship: GlaxoSmithKline Oncology • IDEA: Takeda Oncology • IDEA-PC: Conquer Cancer Mission Endowment • LIFe: Conquer Cancer Mission Endowment • MSR: AbbVie, Inc.; Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment; Eisai Inc.; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; GlaxoSmithKline Oncology; Janssen Oncology • RTA: Conquer Cancer Mission Endowment; Janssen Oncology Co-Sponsored with Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company • YIA: AbbVie, Inc.; ASCO; Amgen; AMMF - The Cholangiocarcinoma Charity; ASCO employees; the ASCO Clinical Practice Committee & State Affiliate Council; the Association of Northern California Oncologists; AstraZeneca; The Bili Project Foundation; Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH; the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®; Bristol-Myers Squibb; The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation; Eisai Inc.; the Estate of Darla C. Ellis; the Florida Society of Clinical Oncology; Gateway for Cancer Research; Genentech BioOncology™; Genomic Health, Inc.; Gilead Sciences, Inc.; the Brandon C. Gromada Head & Neck Cancer Foundation; The Hayden Family Foundation; Incyte Corporation; Janssen Oncology Co-Sponsored with Pharmacyclics LLC an AbbVie Company; Journal of Clinical Oncology; the Helen L. Kay Charitable Trust; the Kidney Cancer Association; Miodrag Kukrika, MD; The John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation; Lilly; the Lung Cancer Alliance; Merck & Co., Inc.; Greg Parekh/ New Rhein Healthcare, LLC; Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Puma Biotechnology, Inc.; The Norman & Ruth Rales Foundation; Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, FASCO, and Susan M. DaSilva, PhD; the Sarcoma Foundation of America; The Sontag Foundation; the Strike 3 Foundation; the TargetCancer Foundation; TESARO; the Texas Society of Clinical Oncology; Shawn C. Tomasello; Twisted Pink Inc.; the Generous Supporters of the Women Who Conquer Cancer; Women Leaders in Oncology; The WWWW Foundation Inc. (QuadW) and The Sarcoma Fund of the QuadW Foundation of Communities Foundation of Texas • Endowed YIA: Boehringer Ingelheim International GmbH; Bristol-Myers Squibb Company; Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, FASCO, and Susan M. DaSilva, PhD; the Generous Supporters of the Women Who Conquer Cancer • Global Oncology YIA: ASCO; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

© 2018. American Society of Clinical Oncology. All rights reserved.


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