With record attendance of more than 400 participants, fourteen UAB scientists and two Mitchell Cancer Institute researchers were selected for awards during the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s 19th Annual Research Retreat. This year the event focused on the prevalent research area of Metabolism and Cancer.
The research competition enables junior investigators, resident trainees, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to showcase their research in cancer prevention and control, biostatistics and bioinformatics, among other areas. The 2017 competition included 136 poster presentations. Awards were given in eight categories.
Ralph Sanderson, Ph.D., professor in the UAB Department of Pathology and co-leader of the Cancer Cell Biology Program at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, received the Albert F. LoBuglio Distinguished Faculty Award. This award is presented annually by the director to a Cancer Center investigator who has made outstanding research contributions.
The John R. Durant Award for Excellence in Cancer Research was presented in three categories. Junior Investigator winners were Mohamed Khass, Ph.D., Renata Jaskula-Sztul, Ph.D. and Bing Zhu, Ph.D. of the Mitchell Cancer Institute. Resident Trainee/Postdoctoral Fellow winners were Shannon M. Kahan, Ph.D., Shyam Kumar Bandari, Ph.D., and Angela M. Carter, Ph.D. Graduate student winners were Caroline W. Cohen, M.S., Ph.D., Asmi Chakraborty, M.S., and Tejeshwar Rao, Ph.D.
Adam B. Keeton, Ph.D. of the Mitchell Cancer Institute, received the William C. Bailey Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Control Research, with honorable mentions for Jacqueline B. Vo, Ph.D., and Karina Halilova, M.D., M.P.H.
Ritesh K. Srivastava, Ph.D., received the Tandra Chaudhuri Award for Excellence in Cancer Research.
The Seng-jaw Soong Award for Excellence in Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Research was presented to Sean M. Santos, B.S., and Amena R. Alkeswani received the Cancer Research Experiences for Students (CaRES) Award.
In addition, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama also presented two awards for two-year collaborative breast cancer research projects. The selected projects will receive $50,000 annually for two consecutive years, totaling to $100,000 each. One award went to Gary A. Piazza, Ph.D. of the University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute and Clinton J. Grubbs, Ph.D. of the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center with the second award going to Joel Berry, Ph.D., Jessy Deshane, Ph.D., and Andra R. Frost, M.D. of UAB and Mark J. Suto, Ph.D. of Southern Research Institute.