SWCRF Announces Awards 
For Outstanding Scientific Achievement and Humanitarian Effort

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) will honor several outstanding individuals at its Annual Scientific Symposium on May 13 at the New York Academy of Medicine.  The Symposium is part of a two-day meeting in which funded investigators from all over the world convene to present their research findings before the SWCRF Scientific Advisory Board. The Annual Scientific Symposium is an exciting opportunity for donors and board members to meet the scientists they are funding and to hear how SWCRF grants have furthered research.

For the first time, the Foundation will bestow the Lifetime Achievement Award in Science, an award given to a scientist whose work has been at the forefront of establishing new concepts that advance our understanding of cellular processes. This year’s recipient is Ronald M. Evans, Ph.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, Professor and Director of the Gene Expression Laboratory and March of Dimes Chair in Developmental and Molecular Biology at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Dr. Evans is an expert on how abnormal metabolism, inflammation and diet cause cancer.

The recipient of the Foundation’s second Spirit of Collaboration Award is Mr. Wesley R. Edens, Co-Founder, Principal and Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Fortress Investment Group. This award is given annually to an individual who has truly taken a lead in humanistic causes. In addition to advising and supporting the SWCRF, Mr. Edens has had global impact—from alleviating suffering after the Haiti earthquake, creating programs that provide HIV treatment and prevention and building a hospital in a remote area of Africa.

Other awards will be announced at the event.