AACR recognizes women in cancer research

PHILADELPHIA -- The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has granted scholarships to outstanding women in cancer research through the AACR-Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Brigid G. Leventhal Scholar Award in Cancer Research program.

So far this year, 17 women have received a total of $17,000 in scholarships, enabling them to attend AACR Fall Special Conferences and the 95th Annual Meeting. The stipulations of the award are as follows: candidates must be scientists-in-training and first authors of meritorious scientific papers selected for presentation at AACR Fall Special Conferences. They must be members of Women in Cancer Research (WICR), full-time graduate students, medical students, residents, clinical fellows or the equivalent, or postdoctoral fellows. Awards are made possible by grants from AstraZeneca and Novartis Oncology.

Dr. Brigid Grey Leventhal, the award's namesake, was a pioneer among women seeking a career in cancer research. Dr. Leventhal, one of only six women to graduate from the Harvard Medical School class of 1960, began her career in pediatric oncology at the National Cancer Institute. In 1976, she joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she remained until she herself succumbed to cancer in 1994.

This year's awardees attended the following AACR Conferences: The 95th Annual Meeting, March 27-31, Orlando, Fla.; Advances in Proteomics in Cancer Research, October 6-10, Key Biscayne, Fla.; Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research, October 16-20, Seattle, Wash.; The Role of Telomeres and Telomerase in Cancer, November 3-7, San Francisco, Calif.; Chromatin, Chromosomes, and Cancer Epigenetics, November 10-14, Waikoloa, Hawaii; Basic, Translational, and Clinical Advances in Prostate Cancer, November 17-21, Bonita Springs, Fla.; Cell Cycle and Cancer: Pathways and Therapies, December 1-5, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Winners of the 2004 AACR-WICR Brigid G. Leventhal Schol

Contact: Yarissa Ortiz
American Association for Cancer Research

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