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Promise and Progress - Honors and Awards

Transforming Prostate Cancer
Issue No. 2013

Honors and Awards

By: Valerie Matthews-Mehl
Date: January 3, 2013

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Allen Chen, M.D.

The 10th annual Avon Walk for Breast Cancer was held in Washington, D.C., and Johns Hopkins received a grant of $1.3 million grant to help the support the care of women at the Johns Hopkins Avon Breast Center of Excellence.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a volunteer-driven charity dedicated to raising money for childhood cancer research, has awarded grants to Colleen Annesley, M.D., for her research on acute myeloid leukemia, and Kathy Ruble, Ph.D., for research on the long-term effects of cancer treatment and specifically ways to use physical activity to lower the risk of late health effects.

The inaugural Laura Ziskin Prize in translational cancer research was awarded to Stephen Baylin, M.D., Ph.D. to study the epigenetic mechanisms that cancer cells use to modify normal gene function.  The prize will be shared with Baylin’s wife Feyruz V. Rassool, Ph.D., a breast cancer researcher at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Ziskin, who died of breast cancer, was co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer.

Jef Boeke, Ph.D., was elected fellow to the 2012 class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation’s most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research. 

The Kimmel Cancer Center recognized Bobbie Burnett and her Caring Collection, which reached a landmark goal of more than $1.1 million in donations to cancer care and research through the production and sale of stained glass angels.  Burnett was honored with a ceremonial lab coat and Governor’s citation.  This year’s Caring Collection donation is supporting the research of Chris Gocke, M.D.

Barbara Biedrzycki, Ph.D., R.N., C.R.N.P., A.O.C.N.P., was been elected to a three-year term as the Oncology Nursing Society’s (ONS) Director at Large. ONS is a professional organization of more than 35,000 registered nurses and healthcare professionals dedicated to quality oncology nursing and cancer care.

Michael Carducci, M.D., and Antonio Wolff, M.D., were named 2012 Washington, DC-Baltimore-Northern Virginia Super Doctors.  Super Doctors is a listing of physicians from more than 40 medical specialties who have attained a high degree of peer recognition or professional achievement. The listing is published as a special supplement in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines. 

Allen Chen, M.D., was appointed the new physician advisor for the Department of Oncology and will lead its Quality and Safety Program.

The Giant 8th annual Triple Winner Campaign raised more than $1.5 million for the Kimmel Cancer Center Pediatric Oncology Program.  This adds to the $10 million Giant has already donated to our pediatric cancer program..

Alexandra Gubin, M.S.W., L.G.S.W., has been named patient navigator for the Kimmel Cancer Center’s new Pediatric Oncology Adolescent and Young Adult Patient Navigation Program.  The program was created in conjunction with the Ulman Cancer Fund and will assist teenagers and young adults with cancer in understanding treatment options through individual and group support and by facilitating connections to financial, psychosocial and educational resources.

Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D., was honored at the 4th annual Office of Women in Science and Medicine event with the Vice Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women.  Jaffee was recognized for her groundbreaking work in science and medicine.

Richard Jones, M.D. received the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program award. 

The students at the 2012 American Association of Cancer Research/American Society of Clinical Oncology Methods in Clinical Cancer Research workshop selected Judy Karp, M.D., for the Merrill J. Egorin Outstanding Mentor Award.

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Foundation recognized Ronan Kelly, M.D., M.B.A., with its Young Investigator Award for research focused on assessing or improving outcomes of cancer care.

David Loeb, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded a grant from the Liddy Shriver Sarcoma Initiative to support his research of the molecular mechanisms and pharmacologic inhibition of bone sarcoma metastasis. 

The Lustgarten Foundation awarded nearly $4 million in new research grants to advance the development of early detection and effective treatment options for pancreatic cancer. Johns Hopkins recipients were Ana De Jesus-Acosta, M.D., Ralph Hruban, M.D., Daniel Laheru, M.D., and Anirban Maitra, M.D.

Maura Kadan, R.N., M.S.N., O.C.N., Peggy Lang, C.R.N.P., M.S.N., Marian Raben, M.S., PA-C., provided information on cancer screening, education, clinical trials, treatment and cancer care at the 2012 B’More Healthy Expo. An estimated 20,000 people attended the convention designed to get people moving, taking action and making choices to be healthier.

Kimmel Cancer Center Director William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., was selected to be a guest on BioCentury as part of a panel discussion to explores why collaborative boundaries need to be reinvented to translate curiosity-driven science into patient value.  The program spotlights the views of key scientific opinion leaders, corporate decision makers, lawmakers and policy architects, venture capitalists and other investment professionals, and the patient and consumer groups who stand to benefit most from biotechnology.

Timothy M. Pawlik, M.D., M.P.H., head of the Johns Hopkins Liver Tumor Center, has been appointed the new director of surgical oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Paul Reed Smith Guitars hosted the acclaimed “One Night, One Show, One Cause,” featuring Journey at the Modell Center for the Performing Arts at the Lyric Opera House The event raised $250,000 for the Living with Cancer Resource Program at the Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. 

Martin Pomper, M.D., Ph.D., and John Issacs, Ph.D., each received a Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award. They were among nine recipients selected from a pool of 96 applications received from 10 countries. The awards, a $9 million investment over a two-year period, are made to accelerate scientific discovery and new treatments for prostate cancer.

 As part of its Hyundai Hope on Wheels program, Hyundai dealers named pediatric oncologist Eric Raabe, M.D., Ph.D., a 2012 Hyundai Scholar and presented him with a donation to support his brain cancer research.

Safeway funded pilot breast cancer research grants to Leisha Emens M.D., Ph.D., Edward Gabrielson, M.D., Josh Lauring M.D., Ph.D., Saraswati Sukumar, Ph.D., Antonio Wolff, M.D., Luigi Marchionni, M.D., Ph.D., and Linda Resar.  Also, in honor of Safeway’s annual campaign to support prostate cancer research, Kimmel Cancer Center Director William Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., and Prostate Cancer Program Co-Director Michael Carducci, M.D., served as guest grocery baggers at one of the store’s Baltimore City locations.

Cynthia Sears, M.D., and Peter Searson, Ph.D., are among the first recipients of grants geared to answer “Provocative Questions” in cancer research, a new project funded by the National Cancer Institute. Grant are aimed at to providing answers to one of 24 questions, solicited from the research community, that address neglected or unsolved areas of cancer research Sears will explore how and why certain cancers may be caused by infections, and Searson will develop a new method to study how cancer spreads.

C. Michael Armstrong Professor Gregg Semenza, M.D., Ph.D., was recognized for outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service with his election into the Institute of Medicine, one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

The Tigerlily Foundation presented Lillie Shockney R.N., B.S., M.A.S., with its Inspiration Award.  The foundation mission is to educate, advocate, empower and provide support to young women with breast cancer.

Donald Small, M.D., Ph.D., received the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Innovation Award to support his research of novel treatment for pediatric cancers.

The Tenfold Forty, an organization of 40 professional women honored Connie Trimble, M.D. for her clinical research in the treatment of HPV-related cervical cancer with a check to benefit the Cervical Dysplasia Center at the Kimmel Cancer Center.

World renowned urologist Patrick C. Walsh, M.D., who pioneered work in the understanding and treatment of prostate cancer, was honored with the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ prestigious Francis Amory Prize on March 14. Given by the Academy since 1940, the prize recognizes major advances in reproductive biology and medical care.

Bert Vogelstein, M.D., was awarded by the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Eighth Annual AACR-Irving Weinstein Foundation Distinguished Lectureship. This Lectureship was established in 2004 to acknowledge an individual whose outstanding innovations in science and whose position as a thought leader have the potential to inspire creative thinking and new directions in cancer research.

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) has awarded Jennifer Wenzel, Ph.D., R.N., C.C.M., the 2012 Excellence in Writing Award for Qualitative Nursing Research.

Christopher L. Wolfgang, M.D., Ph.D., was selected to lead the hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery unit, one of two newly created sections within the Department of Surgery.  Nita Ahuja, M.D., will head the gastrointestinal oncology, breast, melanoma, sarcoma, and endocrine section.

On the Web

Pediatric Oncology “Your Beautiful” Video Goes Viral

Patients and staff in the Division of Pediatric Oncology created a YouTube sensation with their video “You’re Beautiful.” Patients, families and staff lip sync to the popular British boy band, One Direction’s song, “What Makes You Beautiful.” One Direction band member Liam Payne, is one of the fans. He tweeted about the video.  Watch video.

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