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2018 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Award Winners Announced


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THE SAN ANTONIO Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS) and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will honor three researchers for their work in breast cancer at the upcoming 2018 SABCS in December. They are Ian Smith, MD, FRCP, FRCPE, who will receive the SABCS William L. McGuire Memorial Lecture Award; Ann Partridge, MD, MPH, who will receive the 2018 AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research, which is funded by a grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation; and Zena Werb, PhD, who will receive the 2018 AACR Distinguished Lectureship in Breast Cancer Research.

“These very deserving recipients are the reason SABCS remains a leading global educational resource in research and treatment of breast cancer,” said SABCS Co-Director C. Kent Osborne, MD, Director of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. “Their lectures about their work fulfill our mission of providing state-of-the-art information to scientists and physicians focusing on breast cancer.”

Dr. Smith

DR. SMITH is Professor of Cancer Medicine at The Royal Marsden and the Institute of Cancer Research in London. He is being recognized for his research on aromatase inhibitors; his pioneering work in neoadjuvant endocrine therapy for patients with large, operable cancers; and his major contributions to oncology training in the UK. Dr. Smith will deliver a lecture titled “Hold That Scalpel! Using the Tumor to Determine the Treatment.”

Dr. Partridge

DR. PARTRIDGE is Professor of Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. She is being recognized for her work with young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Through a developmental research cohort, she has characterized many of the complex medical and psychological challenges facing these patients and has set the stage for future research in this understudied population. Dr. Partridge will present a lecture titled “Breast Cancer in Young Women: Understanding Differences to Improve Outcomes.”

“These very deserving recipients are the reason SABCS remains a leading global educational resource in research and treatment of breast cancer.”
— C. Kent Osborne, MD

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Dr. Werb

DR. WERB is Professor of Anatomy and Associate Director of Basic Science at the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California, San Francisco. She will be honored for her studies involving the elucidation of the mechanistic role of the extracellular microenvironment in regulating breast epithelial cell function. Her research has led to a shift in the understanding of mammary gland development as well as breast cancer progression and metastasis. Dr. Werb’s lecture is titled “What Can We Learn From Breast Cancers That Metastasize or Don’t?”


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