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Promise and Progress - Honors and Awards

Faces of Childhood Cancer

Honors and Awards

Date: June 1, 2004

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Young Investigators Awards went to the following Kimmel Cancer Center fellows: 

Joshi Alumkal, M.D., Mary Armanios, M.D., Ron Bose, M.D., Ph.D., Wells Messersmith, M.D., Tatiania Powell, M.D., and Elias Zambidis, M.D. The ASCO Career Development Award went to William Matsui, M.D.


Rhoda Alani, M.D., received the American Skin Association Research Scholar Award for her work on the genetics of melanoma.

Robert Arceci, M.D., King Fahd Professor of Pediatric Oncology, was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

The National Foundation for Cancer Research (NCFR) awarded Curt Civin, M.D., its highest honor, NFCR fellowship. The honor includes a $250,000 award for cancer research.

Nancy Davidson, M.D., breast cancer research chair in oncology, received the Avon Foundation Most Powerful Women in Breast Cancer Award.

Charles Drake, M.D., Ph.D., is a Damon Runyon-Lilly Clinical Investigator.  The award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research.

The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual Stohlman Scholar Award was given to pediatric oncologist Alan Friedman, M.D. He received the award for his research efforts in understanding the regulation of gene expression during white blood-cell formation. Friedman helped identify key regulators of early myeloid development.

Vered Stearns, M.D., received the 2004 ASCO Foundation Advanced Clinical Research Award. The $450,000 award is sponsored by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 

The 2004 Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Young Investigators’ Day Michael A. Shannoff Research Award went to Harith Rajagopalan, M.D., Ph.D. candidate, for his work on the inactivation of hCDCR as a cause for chromosomal instability. His mentor was Christoph Lengauer, Ph.D.   The Alfred Blalock Research Postdoctoral Award winner was Alberto Bardelli, M.D., for his research on the mutational analysis of the tyrosine kinome in colorectal cancer.  His mentor was Victor Velculescu, M.D., Ph.D.

The American Association of 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., John Jacob Abel Distinguished Professor of Pharmacology and a pioneer in cancer prevention. 

Sidransky received the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award for his development of broad-based screening tests that detect genetic biomarkers for cancer in bodily fluids. Sidransky was also recognized for his role in creating the Early Detection Research Network at the National Cancer Institute.   

Talalay was honored with the DeWitt D. Goodman Memorial Lectureship for his discovery that sulforaphane, a compound in broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, enhances the effects of enzymes that defend against cancer.