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Matthew S. Painschab, MD, a fellow in the UNC School of Medicine Division of Hematology/Oncology, was one of seven researchers awarded with a Global Oncology Young Investigator Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in the inaugural year of the program.

Headshot of Matthew Painschab
UNC Lineberger’s Matthew Painschab, MD.

For the first time, the Conquer Cancer Foundation awarded the Global Oncology Young Investigator Award to support early-career researchers with projects focused on addressing global health needs for cancer.

The foundation distributed the award, and others, including the Advanced Clinical Research Award, Career Development Awards, Young Investigator Awards, and Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Research Fellowship, at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting, which was held June 1-5 in Chicago.

“Conquer Cancer is proud to recognize and support this group of talented researchers,” said Thomas G. Roberts, Jr., MD, FASCO, Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. “From supporting research projects that rarely see funding to providing that first, crucial research grant to a young scientist, Conquer Cancer is cultivating the next generation of breakthroughs for every cancer, everywhere.”

Painschab’s project is called “Etiology and outcomes of neutropenic fever in patients undergoing chemotherapy for hematologic malignancies in Malawi.” He will be mentored by UNC Lineberger’s Satish Gopal, MD, MPH, cancer program director for UNC Project-Malawi, a research and clinical care collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Malawi Ministry of Health.