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Parker Institute Researchers Earn Awards in 2017 and 2018

Our affiliated researchers are prolific in their scientific endeavors to end cancer. They are some of the best and brightest minds in cancer immunotherapy, making significant contributions to the field and approaching the problem from many perspectives. The Parker Institute brings them together to accelerate novel therapies to patients. And, we’re nurturing a community of nonprofit organizations, pharma and biotech partnerships, academic centers and, of course, patients in a coordinated effort to solve cancer.

We’re not alone in our investment in these researchers, nor do we think we should be. They are recognized for their work around the world by top organizations. Below is a short list of recognitions, awards and major grants Parker Institute researchers received in 2017 and the first quarter of 2018. By no means is it all-encompassing.

Person
Center
Award
Alan Ashworth UCSF Susan G. Komen Brinker Award
2018 Fellow of the AACR Academy
Alexander Huang Penn Parker Bridge Scholar, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Alexander Marson UCSF Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator award
Alexander Rudensky MSK 2018 Vilcek Prize in Biomedical Science, The Vilchek Foundation
Allan Balmain UCSF The Human Genetics Medal, Ohio State University
NCI Outstanding Investigator Award (R35)
Cancer Research UK (CRUK) grant: “Mutographs of Cancer: discovering the causes of cancer through mutational signatures“
NIH/NCI Grant: “Integrating targeted and immunotherapy to treat genetically heterogeneous cancers” (UO1)
Andrea Schietinger MSK NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Andrea Schietinger (center) of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center receives the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

Andrew Rech Penn Parker Scholar, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Ansuman Satpathy Stanford Parker Bridge Scholar, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Antoni Ribas UCLA Elected to Board of Directors of the AACR
2018 AACR-CRI Lloyd J. Old Award in Cancer Immunology
Anusha Kalbasi UCLA Research Scholar Grant, Radiological Society of North America (2017-2019)
Young Investigator Award, Tower Cancer Research Foundation (2017-2018)
Avery Posey Penn Distinguished Young Investigator Research Award, Immuno-Oncology Young Investigators’ Forum
UPenn Breast Cancer Pilot Grant, Abramson Cancer Center – Rena Rowan Breast Center
Career Development Award (CDA-2), Veterans Administration Rehabilitation R&D
Carl H. June Penn Distinguished Scientist Award, Association of American Cancer Institutes
Election as Fellow of the AACR Academy
Karnofsky Prize, American Society of Clinical Oncology
David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award, AACI Distinguished Scientist Award
Catherine Wu Dana-Farber “The One Hundred,” Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Claire W. and Richard P. Morse Research Award, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Christopher Garcia Stanford Appointed the Younger Family Professor
Claire Friedman MSK Young Investigator Award, Conquer Cancer Foundation
E. John Wherry and Claire Friedman Penn, MSK Sharp Award, Stand Up 2 Cancer
E. John Wherry and Matthew Hellmann Penn, MSK Sharp Award, Stand Up 2 Cancer
E. John Wherry and Shelley Berger Penn Celgene Cancer Center Consortium Grant: “Restoring Effectiveness of Immunotherapy using Epigenetic Modulation”
Fred Ramsdell and Alexander Rudensky PICI, MSK Crafoord Prize in Polyarthritis 2017, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Fred Ramsdell (left), PICI’s VP of Research, and Alexander Rudensky (third) of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center en route to receive the 2017 Crafoord Prize at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Hideho Okada UCSF NINDS/NIH Outstanding Investigator Award (R35)
NIH/NINDS Grant: “Preclinical development of breakthrough immunotherapy for brain tumors”
Howard Y. Chang Stanford Appointed the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Genomics
Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine
Elected Member, National Academy of Medicine
Endowed Chair, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer Genomics at Stanford University
Jedd Wolchok MSK RCCS Monsey Medical Devotion Award
Jedd Wolchok and Antoni Ribas MSK/UCLA 2017 Clarivate Citation Laureates, Clarivate Analytics
Jeffrey Bluestone PICI David Rumbough Award for Scientific Excellence, JDRF
Jennifer Wargo MD Anderson Stand Up to Cancer Grant
Jim Allison MD Anderson Lecture Award, 7th Annual Henry Mihich Lecture, Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Lecture Award, Han-Mo Koo Memorial Lectureship Award, Van Andel Research Institute
Lecture Award, Janeway Lecture, American Radium Society, Inc.
Lecture Award, Mark S. Brower, M.D. Endowed Lecture in Hematology & Oncology, Weill Cornell Medicine
Lecture Award, Mellon Lecture, University of Pittsburgh
Warren Alpert Foundation Prize, Harvard Medical School
Warren Triennial Prize, Massachusetts General Hospital
Wolf Prize for Medicine, Wolf Foundation
Sjoberg Prize for Cancer Research, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow
Jim Allison and Bob Schreiber MD Anderson, WUSTL Balzan Prize for Immunological Approaches in Cancer Therapy, International Balzan Foundation
FOTO: PETER MOSIMANN, 16. 11. 2017, BERN BE: Balzan Preis

James Allison, PICI Director at MD Anderson (left) and Robert Schreiber, a PICI researcher at Washington University in St. Louis (right) together accept the 2017 Balzan Prize for Immunological Approaches in Cancer Therapy.

Jonathan Peled MSK Cancer Systems Immunology Pilot Award
Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program
Seres Therapeutics Sponsored Research Agreement
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Grant
Sawiris Award
Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Career Development Award
Josephine Giles Penn Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship, Cancer Research Institute (CRI)
Kathryn Nathanson Penn Osler Award for Patient Oriented Research Award, Penn Medicine
Kole Roybal UCSF Sartorius & Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Therapy
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator award
Laurie H. Glimcher Dana-Farber AAMC Distinguished Investigator Research Award
Kober Medal Recipient, American Association of Physicians
American Association of Medical Colleges Distinguished Research Award
American Association of Immunology Lifetime Achievement Award
2018 Fellow of the AACR Academy
Lewis Lanier UCSF Excellence in Mentorship Award, The American Association of Immunologists
NIH Grant: Mapping Immune Responses to CMV in Renal Transplant Recipients
NIH/NIAID Grant: “Mapping Immune Responses to CMV in Renal Transplant Recipients”
Marcel van den Brink MSK NCI Grant: “The role of intestinal microbiota in graft versus host disease”
NCI Grant: “Endothelial cells regulate immune reconstitution after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation”
NIA Grant: “Thymic and peripheral Aspects of T cell Aging and Rejuvenation”
Marco Ruella Penn Paola Campese Award for Leukemia Research, Italian Scientists and Scholars of North America Foundation (ISSNAF)
Abstract Achievement Award, American Society of Hematology (ASH)
Sparkathon-Emerging Leaders, Igniting Innovation Fellow, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC)
National Cancer Institute (NCI), NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00)
Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop Scholar, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
“Paul Calabresi” K12 Career Development Award, Penn Abramson Cancer Center/NIH
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation Special Grant
Matthew Spitzer UCSF NIH Director’s Early Independence Award
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator award
Melody Smith MSK Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Physician-Scientist Award
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Robert Wood Johnson ASH-AMFDP Award
2017 Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy Pilot Grant
Nicholas Haining Dana-Farber Members of the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Colorectal Cancer Dream Team
Phil Greenberg Fred Hutch Elected to Board of Directors of the AACR
Richard V. Smalley, MD, Memorial Award, SITC
Robert Prins UCLA NIH/NCI Grant: UCLA SPORE in Brain Cancer
Robert Schreiber and Antoni Ribas WUSTL, UCLA Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Buenos Aires
Robert Vonderheide Penn Named Penn Abramson Cancer Center Director
Roberta Zappasodi MSK Breakthrough Award, Popular Mechanics
2017 Presidential Travel Award, SITC
Ronald N. Germain* NIH William E. Paul Award for Excellence in Immunology and Cell Biology, Foundation for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases
Rosemary Akhurst UCSF NIH/NCI Grant: Advancing the translatability of mouse models for cancer immunotherapy
Santosha Vardhana MSK Parker Fellow, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Scott James MSK Parker Bridge Scholar, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy
Amy Strelzer Manasevit Research Program Award (NMDP) (2017-Present)
Sean Bendall Stanford NIH / NCI Grant: Immune Monitoring and Analysis of Cancer (IMACS)
Sean Parker PICI Kaleidoscope Philanthropic Leadership Award, UCLA
100 Greatest Living Business Minds, Forbes
Public Service Award, SITC
Thomas M. Baer Stanford Royal Society of Edinburgh Fellow
Vinod Balachandran MSK Presidential Award, Society of Immunotherapy for Cancer (SITC)
Cancer Moonshot Award, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
AACR/Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Career Development Award
Wendell Lim UCSF Byers Distinguished Professorship
Seeding Bold Ideas Initiative Award, Marcus Program in Precision Medicine Innovation
Yvonne Y. Chen UCLA NIH Grant: “Mechano-Sensing CAR-T Cells for Solid Tumor Metastases”
Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Idea Award, Department of Defense
Northrop Grumman Excellence in Teaching Award
Zinaida Good Stanford Parker Scholar
CYTO Image Analysis Challenge Finalist, International Society for Advancement of Cytometry
Stanford Immunology NIH Training Grant
Keystone Symposia Scholarship, Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology
Biosciences Office of Graduate Education Travel Grant, Stanford University

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