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Leslie Bernstein, PhD, Receives AACR–American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence


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Leslie Bernstein, PhD

Leslie Bernstein, PhD

Biostatistician and epidemiologist Leslie Bernstein, PhD, Professor in the Division of Biomarkers of Early Detection and Prevention, Department of Population Sciences, at City of Hope, has been selected to receive the American Association for Cancer Research’s (AACR) 27th Annual American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention. She is being recognized for her outstanding research accomplishments in the fields of cancer epidemiology, biomarkers, and prevention.

Dr. Bernstein, an award-winning pioneer in breast cancer research spanning nearly 40 years, has led numerous groundbreaking studies on breast and other cancers, hormones, and reproductive endocrinology. She is the third woman to receive this AACR honor. She was nominated by AACR’s Molecular Epidemiology Working Group and was presented with the award at the 2018 AACR Annual Conference in April in Chicago. She also gave a presentation titled, “Evolving Approaches in Cancer Epidemiology: Time, Serendipity, and Risk.”

“Receiving an award from AACR is one of the highest honors for someone in my field,” Dr. Bernstein said. “AACR is the largest scientific organization in the world that understands and advances high-quality, innovative cancer research.”

Other Awards and Honors

As former Director of City of Hope’s Division of Cancer Etiology and Dean of Faculty Affairs, Dr. Bernstein has received numerous awards and honors for her distinguished work in research and mentorship. As a highly regarded mentor to students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty, Dr. -Bernstein has been recognized with City of Hope’s Lifetime Achievement Mentoring Award in recognition of her commitment to mentorship. 

Among her many other awards, she was the recipient of the Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the ninth Rosalind E. Franklin Award for Women in Science (given by the National Cancer Institute), and the Abraham Lilienfeld Award for Lifetime Contributions to Epidemiology (given by the American College of Epidemiology). ■


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