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April 21, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 8

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Dr. Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr. Dr. Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr.

Fraumeni Receives AACR Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., director of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, received the American Association for Cancer Research Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research at the AACR annual meeting on April 19. The award recognizes his seminal research contributions in understanding the causes and prevention of human cancer. Among his many accomplishments are the discovery of a familial cancer syndrome that bears his name along with his colleague Dr. Frederick P. Li, and the development of the U.S. Cancer Mortality Atlas project that identified high-risk areas where Dr. Fraumeni and his colleagues conducted epidemiologic studies to uncover several environmental hazards that inspired cancer control measures. For more than 30 years, Dr. Fraumeni has been the architect of NCI's intramural research program in epidemiology and related areas, while developing fellowship programs designed to train and mentor the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists.

Dr. Margaret A. Foti, chief executive officer of AACR, said, “Dr. Fraumeni’s contributions throughout his auspicious career, especially with regard to the detection of environmental and genetic risk factors, have helped lay the foundation for epidemiologic research around the world. His outstanding leadership continues to spur new lines of basic and translational research, while promoting the career development of junior scientists.”

Dr. Anna Barker Dr. Anna Barker

Barker Receives AACR Margaret Foti Award

Dr. Anna D. Barker, NCI’s deputy director for Strategic Scientific Initiatives, received the AACR Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research at the AACR annual meeting on April 19. The award recognizes Dr. Barker’s commitment to cancer research, specifically for promoting advanced technologies and new scientific disciplines such as cancer genomics, nanotechnology, bioinformatics, and the physical sciences.

Lawrence Ray (right) receiving an Award of Merit from NCI Director Dr. John E. Niederhuber Lawrence Ray (right) receiving an Award of Merit from NCI Director Dr. John E. Niederhuber

NCI Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Ray Retiring

Lawrence Ray, NCI’s chief operating officer, will retire on May 1. Since August 2007, he has overseen administrative management of NCI’s programs and played a key role in executing the budget and work force management.

Prior to rejoining NCI 2 years ago, Mr. Ray spent 26 years in federal service, principally at NIH. Fourteen of those years were with NCI as chief administrative officer of the Division of Extramural Activities, coordinator of patent licensing and collaborative research and development agreements for the Institute, chief administrative officer of the Division of Cancer Treatment, and deputy associate NCI director, responsible for all aspects of administrative management.

Dr. Julie Overbaugh Dr. Julie Overbaugh

NCI Lecture Series Features Dr. Julie Overbaugh

NCI’s Center for Cancer Research continues its Eminent Lecture Series with presentations by nationally recognized scientists who conduct cutting-edge research designed to stimulate a scientific exchange of ideas. 

Dr. Julie Overbaugh, associate program head of the Human Biology Division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, will present the next lecture on April 27 at 3:00 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater on the NIH campus in Bethesda. The title of Dr. Overhaugh’s talk is “HIV Transmission Challenges for Vaccines and Presentation.” She will share her lab’s insights from their long-standing interest in understanding the mechanisms of HIV transmission and pathogenesis.