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Grantees Present Research at the 2012 ASCO Annual Meeting

Soon numerous current and former Conquer Cancer Foundation grantees will be presenting their research at the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), which is the premier oncology meeting in the world. The meeting, which features the theme “Collaborating to Conquer Cancer,” will be held June 1-5 and is expected to draw approximately 30,000 cancer specialists from around the world.

The findings of one Foundation-supported study on a promising new treatment for pediatric cancers is being highlighted in the official Annual Meeting press program, and several more studies by current and former Foundation grant recipients will be presented at the meeting in Chicago, including:

Fernanda Arnaldez, MD
Identification of TNK2 as a critical kinase in rhabdomyosarcoma through a loss of function shRNA screen. (Abstract #9511)
Dr. Arnaldez is the recipient of a 2011 Young Investigator Award supported by the WWWW Foundation (QuadW) and will be honored at the meeting with the 2012 Brigid Leventhal Merit Awards

Yael Mossé, MD
Efficacy of crizotinib in children with relapsed/refractory ALK-driven tumors including anaplastic large cell lymphoma and neuroblastoma: A Children’s Oncology Group phase I consortium study. (Abstract #9500)
Dr. Mossé is the recipient of a 2003 Young Investigator Award and 2004 Career Development Award, and will be honored at the meeting with the inaugural 2012 James B. Nachman ASCO Junior Faculty Award in Pediatric Oncology.

Sarah Tasian, MD
In vivo monitoring of JAK/STAT and PI3K/mTOR signal transduction inhibition in pediatric CRLF2-rearranged acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). (Abstract #9506)
Dr. Tasian is the recipient of a 2011 Young Investigator Award supported by the Strike 3 Foundation.

And there are many more! View a list of current and former Foundation grantees presenting at the meeting (those who self-identified when submitting their research). If you plan to be in Chicago, please attend their presentations to learn more about research that is helping to improve the care of patients everywhere.