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Johns Hopkins Medicine
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March 30, 2004
JOHNS HOPKINS SCIENTISTS RECEIVE TOP CANCER RESEARCH AWARDS
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has given two of its top awards to David Sidransky, M.D., a leading cancer biomarker expert, and Paul Talalay, M.D., a pioneer in the field of cancer prevention. The awards will be presented during the AACR annual meeting March 27 - 31 in Orlando, Florida.
Sidransky will receive the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award for his research discoveries that have led the way to developing broad-based, non-invasive screening tests that detect genetic biomarkers for cancer in bodily fluids. Currently, he is studying applications for these tests in bladder, lung, and head and neck cancers. Sidransky also is being recognized for his role in creating the Early Detection Research Network at the National Cancer Institute, which provides collaborative support to investigators with promising biomarker research. Sidransky is professor of otolaryngology, oncology, pathology, cellular and molecular medicine, and urology and is the director of head and neck cancer research at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
Talalay, best known for his research on the cancer prevention properties of broccoli, will receive the DeWitt D. Goodman Memorial Lectureship. The award will be presented to Talalay for his discovery that sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, enhances the effects of enzymes that defend against cancer. He is recognized as one of the most influential contributors to the field of nutrition's role in cancer prevention. Talalay is the John Jacob Abel Distinguished Service Professor of Pharmacology at Johns Hopkins.