Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) cancer investigators continually endeavor for the highest standards in their research. In 2011, three researchers received particularly high honors for their work.
Nicola Camp, PhD, an HCI investigator and a Professor in the University of Utah's Division of Genetic Epidemiology/Department of Biomedical Informatics, earned recognition from the White House. Camp received a 2011 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for her work in analyzing huge sets of genetic data to identify factors that lead to increased cancer risk. The award is given to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their careers. Camp explained the motive behind her work, saying, "Translating our understanding of disease mechanisms into something we can put into clinical practice is not going to happen unless we have the most state-of-the-art methods to actually do that analysis." She accepted the award in October 2011 during a ceremony held at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. After the ceremony, the recipients met with President Obama at the White House.
|Joshua Schiffman, MD, an HCI investigator and Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Utah, received the Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award, which supports and encourages physicians working toward turning cancer treatment research into cures. The award provides $450,000 over three years to support Schiffman's research in investigating molecular changes that lead to childhood cancers, including leukemia and Ewing's sarcoma.|
|Joshua Schiffman, MD|
HCI's CEO and Director, Mary Beckerle, PhD, received an honor in 2011 for her accomplishments as a cancer center administrator. Beckerle, who is also Associate Vice President for Cancer Affairs at the University of Utah, was appointed chair of the American Cancer Society (ACS) Council for Extramural Grants, for which she has served as a committee member since 2008. The council oversees the deployment of $80 million annually in scientific research awards made by the ACS.
|Mary Beckerle, PhD|