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Leader of Karmanos’ Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team honored with clinical investigator award

Shirish Gadgeel, M.D., leader of the Thoracic Oncology Multidisciplinary Team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center has received a Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award for 2012 by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He is among 12 highly exceptional clinical investigators who are being recognized for their contributions to the advancement of clinical research through collaborative team science.

His fellow awardees include:

  • Dr. Lyudmila Bazhenova, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
  • Dr. Lisa Bomgaars, Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center
  • Dr. Alberto Broniscer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Dr. Daniel DeAngelo, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute        
  • Dr. Konstantin Dragnev, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center
  • Dr. Shannon Puhalla, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
  • Dr. Bart Scott, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
  • Dr. B. Douglas Smith, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Dr. Jonathan Strosberg, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
  • Dr. Antoinette Tan, Cancer Institute of New Jersey
  • Dr. Jason Zell, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center        
Designed for mid-level clinical investigators, these two-year awards provide recognition and up to $50,000 in funding for those who lead cancer research programs and clinical trials at NCI-designated cancer centers. The funding is provided to the recipient's institution and is applied towards the investigator's salary, fringe benefits and associated facilities and administrative costs. Recipients are expected to devote 10 to 15 percent of their time to the activities associated with the award.

The awardees are all actively engaged in NCI-funded collaborative clinical trials and collaborate freely across disciplines, institutions and programs to advance the design and conduct of cancer clinical trials. The clinical researchers also serve as mentors and academic role models for trainees and junior faculty interested in clinical research and clinical trials.

“I am thrilled and humbled to receive this special clinical investigator award,” said Dr. Gadgeel. “It is through collaboration with my fellow scientific investigators here at Karmanos that we are able to establish innovative therapies that provide hope for all of our patients. This award inspires us to continue working diligently to bring about a future free of cancer.”

This annual award opportunity, now in its fourth year, is the result of the recommendations of NCI's Clinical Trials Working Group (CTWG). The working group was established to advise the institute on methods to improve and enhance publicly funded cancer clinical trials.

We congratulate Dr. Gadgeel on this honor!

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