THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR RADIATION ONCOLOGY (ASTRO) has awarded $275,000 in research awards to four early-career scientists as part of the Society’s efforts to retain and foster the intellectual research talent currently entering the field of radiation oncology. For 2017, the Research Grants committee selected one Junior Faculty Award and three Resident Seed Grant recipients. Winners were recognized at ASTRO’s 59th Annual Meeting held this past month in San Diego.
David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO
“These grants recognize the innovative work being done by those in our field, and they also identify and encourage early-career researchers,” said ASTRO Chair David C. Beyer, MD, FASTRO.
The ASTRO Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award (JFA) provides $100,000 annually for 2 years. The 2017 JFA grant recipient is Erina Vlashi, PhD, of the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Vlashi is interested in how ionizing radiation induces the reprogramming of breast cancer cells into stem cells that can lead to increased tumor growth and treatment resistance.
The ASTRO Resident/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Award provides $25,000 per recipient for 1 year. The three 2017 Resident/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Award recipients are:
The grant winners were selected by ASTRO’s Research Grants Evaluation Committee within the Science Council and approved by the ASTRO Board of Directors.
For more information about ASTRO’s grants and awards, visit ASTRO.org. ■