Hopkins Radiologist Receives Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award
Steve Cho, M.D., assistant professor in the division of nuclear medicine at the Johns Hopkins Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, is one of 19 scientists to earn a 2008 Young Investigator Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The awards, designed to encourage careers in prostate disease research, carries a stipend of $75,000 a year for three years, with matching amounts from an investigator's institution.
Cho received the award for his proposal to develop a new prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) test, using positron emission tomography (PET) scans for improved detection of changes in prostate tumor size during experimental treatment.
Cho earned his bachelor of arts in biology from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine. He completed residencies in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology at Hopkins, as well as a clinical pharmacology fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and advanced training in nuclear medicine and PET imaging.
According to the Foundation, its young investigator awards are inspired by Donald S. Coffey, Ph.D., prostate cancer research director at Johns Hopkins for 40 years. Coffey has mentored more than 50 scientists and physician-scientists and trained more than 30 of today's leading prostate cancer researchers, the Foundation says.