MD Anderson scientists Jim Allison and Hagop Kantarjian, at left, and Guillermina Lozano and Gabriel Hortobagyi, at right, won four of 14 individual awards for senior scientists at the AAACR Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, D.C.
Scientists and clinicians from across MD Anderson presented their latest research findings at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, D.C.
A record six scientists, from post-doctoral fellows to junior faculty to senior investigators, won awards at the meeting run by the American Association for Cancer Research, the oldest and largest organization dedicated to cancer research in the world.
By the numbers, MD Anderson faculty members, post-docs and graduate students presented (follow link to Advanced Search, type MD Anderson in institution box):
- 160 research posters in 152 poster sessions.
- 25 oral presentations or invited talks
- 10 educational sessions
- 4 lectures tied to major awards.
Highlighted work included research by Xifeng Wu, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology, showing that low bilirubin levels in the blood are a sign of high risk for lung cancer among male smokers.
Elsa Flores, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Her presentations included one that shows p63 and p73 can provide back-up tumor suppression when their more famous sibling, p53, is inactivated. However, they also need to be protected from themselves or they might shut down all three tumor-blocking genes.
Ellen Gritz, Ph.D., chair and professor of the Department of Behavioral Sciences, co-authored a new AACR statement urging physicians to more closely monitor their patients' tobacco use and to provide smoking cessation information during clinical visits.