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Honors and Awards at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting - 04/09/2014
Honors and Awards at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting
- Elizabeth M. Jaffee, M.D., a leading expert in the field of immunology and pancreatic cancer, will lead the newly-announced Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)-Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Convergence Dream Team.
- Johns Hopkins scientists were given the Team Science Award for their work on pancreatic cancer genome mapping.
- Epigenetics scientist Stephen B. Baylin, M.D., and genetics researcher Kenneth W. Kinzler, Ph.D., were among 36 elected to AACR’s 2014 Class of Fellows.
The following announcements are related to awards that have been presented during the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2014, held in San Diego April 5-9, to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
Pancreatic Cancer Expert Selected to Lead Research Dream Team
Elizabeth M. Jaffee, M.D., a leading expert in the field of immunology and pancreatic cancer, will lead the newly-announced Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C)-Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Convergence Dream Team. The announcement was made during AACR Annual Meeting 2014.
Jaffee is the Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Professor of Oncology and co-director of the Skip Viragh Center for Pancreas Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancers Program, and Cancer Immunology and Hematopoiesis Division at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.
Jaffee will lead a team of scientists from nine institutions with $8 million in funding over three years to make pancreaticcancer, one of the most deadly, into a treatable disease. Set to begin in July 2014, the team will focus on developing new immunotherapies that will use patients’ own immune cells to fight pancreatic cancer.
Participating institutions include Johns Hopkins, Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania; Washington University in St. Louis; University of California, San Francisco; Oregon Health & Science University; NYU Langone Medical Center; Stanford University; University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Johns Hopkins Scientists Among Group Honored for Brain Cancer Research
For the second year in a row, AACR’s Team Science Award was presented to Johns Hopkins scientists who were the first to map genomes of cancer patients. The award was presented to the 26 scientists from the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, Duke University, and the National Cancer Institute.
The team was the first to provide a comprehensive blueprint of the brain cancer genome in 2008. This blueprint and their subsequent work linked two previously undiscovered genes to a large fraction of gliomas, the most common type of brain cancer. At AACR’s annual meeting in 2013, Johns Hopkins scientists were given the Team Science Award for their work on pancreatic cancer genome mapping.
The 2014 Team Science Award members from Johns Hopkins and its Ludwig Center include Luis Diaz, M.D., Kenneth Kinzler, Ph.D., Nickolas Papadopoulos, Ph.D., Victor Velculescu, M.D., Ph.D., and Bert Vogelstein, M.D.
Epigenetics and Genetics Scientists at Johns Hopkins Inducted as AACR Fellows
Epigenetics scientist Stephen B. Baylin, M.D., and genetics researcher Kenneth W. Kinzler, Ph.D., were among 36 elected to AACR’s 2014 Class of Fellows. The Fellows represent distinguished scientists whose work has provided significant advances in cancer research.
Baylin is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig professor for cancer research and medicine, chief of the Cancer Biology Division, anddeputy director of the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. Kinzler, professor of oncology, is co-director of Johns Hopkins’ Ludwig Center.
Other Johns Hopkins AACR Fellows include Donald S. Coffey, Ph.D., Carol W. Greider, Ph.D., and Bert Vogelstein, M.D.
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