May 29, 2018

UAB Cancer Center scientists present pioneering research at ASCO national meeting

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cancer center new sizeA team of physicians and scientists from the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center will present some of the latest advances in cancer research to more than 32,000 oncology professionals from all over the world during the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago from June 1-5.

UAB Cancer Center investigators are authors on 56 abstracts accepted by ASCO for the annual meeting. Many UAB presentations will deliver discoveries expanding on the reach of precision medicine. Topics range from new drug combination therapies to investigator-initiated pilot studies that show promising outcomes. Cancer Center members who are lead authors include Rebecca Arend, M.D., gynecologic oncology; Luciano Costa, M.D., multiple myeloma; Andres Forero, M.D., breast cancer and lymphoma; Ravi Paluri, M.D., gastrointestinal cancers and tumor biology; Erica Stringer-Reasor, M.D., breast cancer; Grant Williams, M.D., gastrointestinal cancers and outcomes for geriatric cancer survivors; and Eddy Shih-Hsin Yang M.D., Ph.D., precision oncology and tumor profiling.

This year, Smita Bhatia, M.D., director of the UAB School of Medicine’s Institute for Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship, will be named a Fellow of ASCO. This distinction recognizes ASCO members for their extraordinary volunteer service, dedication and commitment to ASCO.

Additionally, Gabrielle Rocque, M.D., has been named the chair of the ASCO Quality of Care Committee. She will also serve on the editorial board of ASCO’s Journal of Oncology Practice. 

Detailed information on all UAB abstracts is online — search University of Alabama at Birmingham.