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March 11, 2008

U-M researcher honored for progress in cancer prevention, detection and treatment

Ann Arbor, MI – Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, will receive the American Association for Cancer Research Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research.

Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D.
Arul Chinnaiyan, M.D., Ph.D.

The award will be given out at the AACR’s annual meeting, April 12-16, in San Diego.

Chinnaiyan, director of the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology and S.P. Hicks Endowed Professor of Pathology, focuses his research on using genomic, proteomic, and bioinformatic approaches to better understand the biology of cancer and to uncover biomarkers. The work of his laboratory has far-reaching implications for the future of diagnosis and therapy for prostate and many other types of cancer.

“Mapping of the human genome was only the beginning. Equipped with the comprehensive analysis of the human genome, we can now systematically examine the blueprint of disease at the molecular level. This essential knowledge may lead to better diagnostic tests and promising new treatments for cancer and other illnesses,” says Chinnaiyan, professor of pathology and urology at the U-M Medical School and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator.

The Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research is one in a series of awards given annually by the AACR, the world’s oldest and largest professional organization representing cancer scientists from the United States and nearly 70 other countries. Awards honor outstanding accomplishments in basic cancer research, clinical care, therapeutics and prevention. Each recipient presents an educational lecture at the AACR annual meeting. 

“The AACR Awards Program recognizes the finest and most promising investigators in all fields of cancer research,” said AACR Chief Executive Officer Margaret Foti, M.D., Ph.D. “AACR is pleased to honor the dedication and work of such influential researchers and advocates who continue to shape the future of cancer research.”

Peers and colleagues nominate award candidates. Selection committees for each award, comprised of leaders in all areas of cancer research, choose the honorees. 

The AACR established the Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research award in 1979 to recognize a young investigator for meritorious achievements in cancer research.

For more information on Chinnaiyan’s research, visit the Web site.

Read about previous research findings from Chinnaiyan's lab:

New test to detect prostate cancer

Researchers find 'on switches' that cause prostate cancer

Fused genes trigger development of prostate cancer

Researchers ID new blood test for prostate cancer

U-M scientists find cancer's genetic core

Written by: Nicole Fawcett

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