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AACR Announces Recipients of 2021 Scientific Achievement Awards and Lectureships


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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored a number of cancer researchers, physician-scientists, advocates, and policymakers for their achievements during week 1 of the virtual AACR Annual Meeting 2021 (April 10–15, 2021). Several of these recipients were mentioned in previous issues of The ASCO Post. Additional award recipients who were recognized for their work in cancer research and care are listed below.

Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research

Frederick W. Alt, PhD, received the AACR Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research Award. Dr. Alt is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, Director of the Program

Frederick W. Alt, PhD

Frederick W. Alt, PhD

in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Charles A. Janeway Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School. AACR bestowed this award on Dr. Alt for revolutionizing the understanding of how genomic rearrangements form and how they contribute to cancer.

Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship

Edith P. Mitchell, MD, MACP, FCPP, FRCP, received the AACR Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship for her unparalleled efforts to support the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research. Dr. Mitchell is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology in the Department of Medical Oncology,

Edith P. Mitchell, MD, MACP, FCPP, FRCP

Edith P. Mitchell, MD, MACP, FCPP, FRCP

Director of the Center to Eliminate Cancer Disparities, and Associate Director of Diversity Affairs at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. The lectureship also honors Dr. Mitchell for her pioneering research dedicated to working with underserved populations in an effort to elucidate the fundamental drivers of cancer in such communities, specifically breast and prostate cancer in African American populations.

Watch future issues of The ASCO Post for news from the 2021 AACR Annual Meeting and visit ASCOPost.com


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