UNC cancer researchers honored with Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Awards

Emily Guerard, MD, a fellow in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, a UNC Lineberger member and an assistant professor of health policy and management in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been honored with 2015 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Awards.

 UNC cancer researchers honored with Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Awards click to enlarge Stephanie Wheeler, Phd, MPH, and Emily Guerard, MD have been honored with 2015 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Awards.

Two University of North Carolina cancer researchers have been honored for submitting outstanding abstracts to the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting.

Emily Guerard, MD, a fellow in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, and Stephanie Wheeler, PhD, MPH, a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and an assistant professor of health policy and management in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, have been announced as recipients of 2015 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Awards.

The award supports clinical cancer researchers early in their careers by providing them with the opportunity to present their research and interact with colleagues at ASCO's annual meeting, which will be held Friday through June 2 in Chicago.

The meeting is expected to draw thousands of oncology professionals from around the world to discuss new treatments and groundbreaking research.

This year, the foundation honored 100 young cancer researchers for the quality of the research that they will be presenting at the meeting, according to a foundation news release.

“We are very pleased to recognize these exceptional young investigators, who represent the future of oncology," said Alan P. Venook, MD, chair of the ASCO annual meeting scientific program committee, in a statement. 

Guerard was recognized for her submission of the abstract “Construction of a frailty index for older adults with cancer using a geriatric assessment,” for which she was first author. The abstract will be presented in the Patient and Survivor Care poster session on Saturday.

Wheeler was recognized for her submission of the abstract “Endocrine therapy adherence, side effects and risk perception among racially diverse breast cancer patients,” for which she was also first author. The abstract will be presented in the Health Services Research and Quality of Care poster session on June 1.