April 15, 2010
The American Cancer Society has awarded Frederick J. Meyers (right) with the Lane Adams Quality of Life Award. This award acknowledges excellence in the compassionate support and care for cancer patients. Mr. Meyers is a renowned expert in medical oncology and clinical research and the executive associate dean of the University of California, Davis School of Medicine. Mr. Meyers will accept the award in May 2010 at a special event hosted by the American Cancer Society.
Warren G. Tourtellotte, MD, PhD (left), of Northwestern University, has been appointed to associate director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). The MSTP is a leading biomedical research program that prepares physician-scientists for careers as leaders in the biotechnology-pharmaceutical industry, professors at research universities, and academic medicine. Dr. Tourtellotte is currently an associate professor of pathology, neurology and neuroscience at the Feinberg School of Medicine.
Victor G. Vogel, MD, MHS (right), has been appointed director of Cancer Services at Geisinger Health System. Dr. Vogel is the national vice president for research at the American Cancer Society in Atlanta and currently serves as professor of medicine and epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He will begin his new role with Geisinger Health System on in May 2010.
Sheila Madhani is the new assistant director of ASTRO’s health policy department. She will manage activities on ASTRO’s CPT Editorial Panel and examine the regulations pertaining to physician payment. Before joining ASTRO, Ms. Madhani was as senior public affairs adviser at the law firm firm Holland and Knight in Washington, DC. In other ASTRO news, Anushree Vichare will join the research department as a research health analyst. Ms. Vichare comes to ASTRO from the Virginia Department of Health in Richmond where she was as an HIV/AIDS quality assurance epidemiologist.
The ASCO Cancer Foundation has awarded $2.7 million in grants to The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Shaw Regional Cancer Center. Each institution will receive a grant totaling $1.35 million to help assess new ways to develop better quality of cancer care. These grants, which are funding by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, are the largest ever from the ASCO Cancer Foundation’s Improving Cancer Care Grants program.
The ASCO Cancer Foundation presented Merit Awards totaling $25,000 to 25 young researchers during the 2010 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. The fellows were honored for their extraordinary contributions to the research of genitourinary cancers. Among the recipients were Ingrid Desar, MD of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands, Po Yee Yip, MBChB of the Sydney Cancer Centre at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Australia, and Andrea Zivi, MD, from the Institute of Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital, UK.