UAB Cancer Center Honors Researchers During Annual Retreat

10670116_859982714046058_7820260497873201669_nSixteen UAB physicians and researchers were selected for awards during the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center’s recent 17th Annual Research Retreat and Competition.

The research competition enables junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students to showcase their research in cancer prevention and control, biostatistics and bioinformatics, among other areas. With 390 participants, the 2014 competition included 131 presentations, and awards were given in eight categories.

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D., (pictured above) professor and chair of the UAB Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and associate director for translational research and co-leader of the Cancer Cell Biology Program at the Cancer Center, received the Albert F. LoBuglio Distinguished Faculty Award, presented annually 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 faculty winners were Jason Warram, Ph.D., Vishnu Ramani, Ph.D. and Kristen Triebel, Psy.D. Postdoctoral fellow winners were Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Ph.D., R.N., Bradford Jackson, Ph.D., and Joo Hyoung Lee, Ph.D. Graduate student winners were Ashley Nicole Turner, Ph.D., Matthew Weaver, B.S., and Kelly Kreitzburg, B.S.

Tahseen Nasti, M.S., received the William C. Bailey Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention and Control Research, with honorable mentions for Harish Chandra Pal, Ph.D., and Hsu-Kun Wang, Ph.D.

Aadithya Arumugam, 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 Yogasudha Vetri, M.S., and Michelle E. Chang, B.S., received the Cancer Research Experiences for Students Award.