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AACR Recognizes HBCU and HSI Faculty Contributions to Cancer Research

by American Association for Cancer Research

The American Association for Cancer Research will recognize leaders in the minority cancer community with the Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Awards. The 36 recipients will be honored at the AACR 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, held April 2-6.

The Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Awards are given to scientists who are working at the level of assistant professor or above at a minority-serving institution and who are engaged in meritorious basic, clinical, translational or epidemiological cancer research. Minority-serving institutions include historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities and other post-secondary institutions as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.

The award is intended to increase the scientific knowledge base of faculty members at minority-serving institutions, to encourage them in their research and to assist in inspiring their students to pursue careers in cancer research. It is supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institutes Cancer to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.

The recipients of the 2011 Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholars in Cancer Research Awards include:

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Antonio T. Baines, Ph.D., North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.

Hirendra N. Banerjee, M.D., Ph.D., Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, N.C.

Brandi Brandon Knight, Ph.D., Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

Iona C. Cheng, Ph.D., University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii

Vivian Colon-Lopez, Ph.D., M.P.H., University of Puerto Rico Medical Science Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Charles desBordes, Ph.D., City University of New York, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Ibtissam Echchgadda, Ph.D., UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

Kristina G. Flores, Ph.D., University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

Hernan Flores-Rozas, Ph.D., Florida AandM University, Tallahassee, Fla.

Shanchun Guo, Ph.D., Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

Ali B. Ishaque, Ph.D., University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Princess Anne, Md.

Stan Ivey, Ph.D., Delaware State University, Dover, Del.

Khosrow Kashfi, Ph.D., City University of New York Medical School, New York, N.Y.

Ward G. Kirlin, Ph.D., Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

Addanki Pratap Kumar, Ph.D., UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

Dong Liang, Ph.D., Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas

Amosy E. MKoma, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn.

Patrick M. Martin, Ph.D., North Carolina AandT State University, Greensboro, N.C.

Magaly Martinez-Ferrer, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Ana P. Ortiz Martinez, M.P.H., Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Sederick C. Rice, Ph.D., University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Pine Bluff, Ark.

Checo J. Rorie, Ph.D., North Carolina AandT State University, Greensboro, N.C.

Pothana Saikumar, Ph.D., UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

Amos M. Sakwe, Ph.D., Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tenn.

Temesgen Samuel, D.V.M., Ph.D., Tuskegee Univ. College of Vet. Medicine, Tuskegee, Ala.

Shengmin Sang, Ph.D., North Carolina AandT State University Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies, Kannapolis, N.C.

Pedro G. Santiago-Cardona, Ph.D., Ponce School of Medicine, Ponce, Puerto Rico

Shailesh Singh, Ph.D., Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga.

Chung Seog Song, Ph.D., UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

Maribel Tirado-Gmez, M.D., University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Ratna K. Vadlamudi, Ph.D., University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas

Cynthia M. van Golen, Ph.D., Delaware State University, Dover, Del.

Pablo E. Vivas-Meja, Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Clement G. Yedjou, Ph.D., Jackson State University, Jackson, Miss.

Beatriz Zayas, Ph.D., Universidad Metropolitana, San Juan, Puerto Rico

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The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the worlds oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. The membership includes 33,000 basic, translational and clinical researchers; health care professionals; and cancer survivors and advocates in the United States and more than 90 other countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise from the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer through high-quality scientific and educational programs. It funds innovative, meritorious research grants, research fellowships and career development awards. The AACR Annual Meeting attracts more than 18,000 participants who share the latest discoveries and developments in the field. Special conferences throughout the year present novel data across a wide variety of topics in cancer research, treatment and patient care. Including Cancer Discovery, the AACR publishes seven major peer-reviewed journals: Cancer Research; Clinical Cancer Research; Molecular Cancer Therapeutics; Molecular Cancer Research; Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention; and Cancer Prevention Research. AACR journals represented 20 percent of the market share of total citations in 2009. The AACR also publishes CR, a magazine for cancer survivors and their families, patient advocates, physicians and scientists.

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