News | June 29, 2008

ASTRO Selects Recipients of 2008 Awards, Grants

June 30, 2008 - The Research Evaluation Committee has chosen the recipients of several awards and grants that are funded by the Radiation Oncology Institute (formerly the ASTRO Education and Development Fund) and distributed each year as part of the organization's overall effort to prevent, treat and cure malignancies.

The two-year, $125,000 per year award went to Christopher D. Willey, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and Erik P. Sulman, M.D., Ph.D., of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

The Junior Faculty Career Research Training Award is awarded to stimulate interest in radiation research early in academic career development by giving junior physician faculty the opportunity to focus on research in radiation oncology, biology, physics or outcomes/health services research; it is presented each year to a board-eligible physician or physicist in radiation oncology or a radiobiologist who is within the first three years of his or her junior faculty appointment. This is a two-year award in the amount of $125,000 per year. This year's recipients are Christopher D. Willey, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and Erik P. Sulman, M.D., Ph.D., of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

The residents/fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant Award is given to support residents or fellows who are planning a career focusing primarily on basic science or clinical research. The grants are awarded each year for a one-year project and are in amounts of up to $30,000 each. This year's recipients are Randall Joel Kimple, M.D., of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and Shig-Hsin Eddy Yang, M.D., Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN.

The Resident Poster Recognition Award recognizes the top resident poster presentations in each of the poster categories - clinical, biology and physics. Recipients receive a certificate of award and a ribbon and are recognized at the Presidential Poster Session and Reception at ASTRO's Annual Meeting. This year's winners are Thomas Pugh, M.D., of the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Aurora, for clinical; Andrew Wang, M.D., of Harvard University in Boston for biology; and Liyong Lin, Ph.D., of the University of Florida in Jacksonville, for physics.

For more information: www.astro.org

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