Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation to honor Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, and Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, at May 4 SWCRF Scientific Breakthroughs Symposium.

   
 Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.  Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D.
 Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center   Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

 

New York, NY, April 14, 2015 - The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) today announced it will recognize the accomplishments of Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D., of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University Medical Center, and Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D., Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research at its scientific symposium, SWCRF Scientific Breakthroughs 2015, scheduled for May 4 at the Leon and Norma Hess Center for Science and Medicine at Mount Sinai. Researchers funded by the SWCRF will report on their recent breakthroughs during the presentation.

Dr. Mukherjee, whose book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize and inspired the recent PBS documentary “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” will receive the SWCRF Distinguished Service Award for generating widespread public interest in cancer research through his published work.

Dr. Weinberg, a longtime collaborator in the SWCRF Institute Without Walls, will receive the SWCRF Lifetime Achievement in Science Award for his many contributions to cancer research, most notably his isolation of the first human cancer-causing gene, the ras oncogene, and the first known tumor suppressor gene, Rb, the retinoblastoma gene.

“We look forward to celebrating the contributions of Siddartha Mukherjee and Robert Weinberg at our SWCRF Breakthroughs symposium,” said SWCRF founder and CEO Samuel Waxman, M.D. “Their accomplishments have brought public attention to cancer science and the need for funding research in the quest for new patient therapies and a cure.”

The annual SWCRF scientific review and symposium brings together the Institute Without Walls, a network of the foundation’s funded scientists working collaboratively throughout the United States and abroad on research projects that identify and correct abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develop minimally toxic patient treatments. The network includes scientists from leading cancer research institutions, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Sheba Medical Center, the Shanghai Institute of Hematology and Weill Cornell Medical Center, among many others.

About Robert A. Weinberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Robert A. Weinberg is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He is also the first Director of the Ludwig Cancer Center at MIT. He is an internationally recognized authority on the genetic basis of human cancer. Dr. Weinberg and his colleagues isolated the first human cancer-causing gene, the ras oncogene, and the first known tumor suppressor gene, Rb, the retinoblastoma gene. The principal goal of his research program is to determine how oncogenes, their normal counterparts (proto-oncogenes), and tumor suppressor genes fit together in the complex circuitry that controls cell growth. Dr. Weinberg is the author or editor of six books and more than 420 articles.  His published works include a comprehensive cancer textbook entitled “The Biology of Cancer,” “One Renegade Cell” and "Racing to the Beginning of the Road: The Search for the Origin of Cancer," among others. He is an elected Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Member of the American Philosophical Society and the Institute of Medicine.

About Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher. He is the author of The Laws of Medicine and The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction. Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a staff cancer physician at Columbia University Medical Center. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and The New Republic. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters. 

About Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is an international organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. The Foundation is a pioneer in cancer research and its mission is to eradicate cancer by funding cutting-edge research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer and develops minimally toxic treatments for patients. Through the Foundation’s collaborative group of world-class scientists, the Institute Without Walls, investigators share information and tools to speed the pace of cancer research. Since its inception in 1976, the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation has awarded more than $85 million to support the work of more than 200 researchers across the globe. For more information, visit: www.waxmancancer.org.

 

To attend the May 4 SWCRF Scientific Breakthroughs presentation, email swcrf@waxmancancer.org by April 27, 2015.