The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) recently awarded Dr. Karen D. Cowden Dahl, UNM research assistance professor in the College of Pharmacy and member of the UNM Cancer Center, with a 2010 Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award. Dr. Cowden Dahl was one of only twenty-five physicians nation-wide to receive the 2010 Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award at AACR’s 101st Annual Meeting which was held in Washington D.C. on April 17-21.
“As New Mexico contains some of the worst cancer disparities in the nation, the UNM Cancer Center strives to provide the best cancer care to people from every racial background,” said Dr. Cheryl Willman, director and CEO of the UNM Cancer Center. “We are thrilled that Dr. Cowden Dahl was recognized for her excellence and leadership in the minority cancer community.”
The Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards are given to scientists who are working at the level of assistant professor or above at a minority-serving institution and who are engaged in meritorious basic, clinical, translational or epidemiological cancer research. Minority-serving institutions include historically African American colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities and other post-secondary institutions as defined by the U.S. Department of Education.
Dr. Cowden Dahl was also the recipient of the Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award in 2005 and 2007. The award is supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities and is intended to increase the scientific knowledge of faculty members at minority-serving institutions.
The UNM Cancer Center is the Official Cancer Center of the State of New Mexico, and one of only 64 National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers in the nation. It is home to 85 board-certified oncology physicians representing every cancer specialty and more than 120 research scientists hailing from such prestigious institutions as M.D. Anderson, Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic.
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