Moffitt researchers receive awards

March 28, 2006

Tampa, FL -- The Moffitt Postdoctoral Association awarded Jonathan Rios-Doria, Ph.D. and Marcelo Carvalho, Ph.D. the first annual Travel Award to attend the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting in April. Rios-Diora and Carvalho were awarded $500 each. Rios-Diora’s poster presentation is on DNA damage to cancer cells from radiation therapy and chemotherapy and Carvalho’s presentation is on the BRCA1 gene found in breast cancer cells. The AACR annual meeting is the world’s largest cancer research meeting with more than 16,000 people attending each year. 

Dr. Xue-Zhong Yu was awarded the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation/Protein Design Labs New Investigator Award at the Bone Marrow Transplant Tandem Meetings in Honolulu for his bone marrow transplantation research. He was awarded $50,000.

At the same meeting, Dr. Lia Perez was awarded the Best Abstracts Award for Outstanding Basic Science Research for her research on multiple myeloma.

In 2001, the National Cancer Institute awarded Moffitt the status of a Comprehensive Cancer Center in recognition of its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of the top cancer hospitals in America. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.