Ken Anderson Young Investigator Award for basic and translational research

Established by IMS to honor the seminal contributions of Professor Ken Anderson’s approach to bench to bedside translational research. The Young Investigator Award will be given to an investigator 45 years or younger to both recognize and stimulate excellence in myeloma research. An Award of US $25,000 by the IMS will be given at this International Myeloma Workshop.

Ken Anderson Award - Myeloma Society

Irene Ghobrial, MD accepts the Ken Anderson, MD Young Investigator Award, 2017

Award Amount

The awardee will receive $25,000 which can only be used to support the awardee’s myeloma research.

Award Terms
  • If selected for an award, the recipient will agree to cite support from the International Myeloma Society (IMS) in any publication resulting from the research conducted during the award period.
  • Research award funds cannot be deferred and are non-transferable.
  • This award gift does not allow for any indirect costs.
Award Reports

A summary of the research conducted within the two years following the Award must be submitted as a progress report to the IMS Board.

Questions

If you have any questions or require additional information regarding the Ken Anderson Young Investigator Award, please contact adminassistant@myelomasociety.org.

 

Past Winner Profile

Dr. Irene Ghobrial is an Associate Professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA and an Associate member of the Broad Institute, Cambridge, MA. She is the director of the Michele & Stephen Kirsch Laboratory and co-director of the Center for Prevention of Progression (CPOP) at DFCI. In addition, she is the co-leader of the Blood Cancer Research Partnership (BCRP), a consortium for innovative clinical trials of community oncology sites coordinated by DFCI.

She received her medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine, Egypt. She completed her internal medicine training at Wayne State University, MI, and her hematology/oncology subspecialty training at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, MN.

Her research focuses on understanding mechanisms of tumor progression from early precursor conditions such as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and Smoldering disease to symptomatic Multiple Myeloma (MM) and Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia (WM). She specifically focuses on the role of the malignant bone marrow niche in regulating disease progression. She is interested in the development of new molecular/genomic markers that predict progression in precursor conditions which can identify patients who should be eligible for therapeutic interventions to prevent progression or potentially cure the disease at the early stages of the disease before clonal evolution occurs.

She authored or co-authored over 250 publications and book chapters and has received funding support from the National Cancer Institute as well as multiple foundations including Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer and International Myeloma Foundation. She has received multiple awards including membership in the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), Robert A. Kyle Award for Research in Waldenstrom Macroglobulinemia, and Mentor of the Year Award at DFCI in 2014.

Why Become a Member

The International Myeloma Society is a professional, scientific, and medical society established to bring together clinical and experimental scientists involved in the study of myeloma. The purpose of this society is to promote research, education, clinical studies (including diagnosis and treatment), workshops, conferences, and symposia on all aspects of multiple myeloma worldwide. The IMS is a membership organization comprised of basic research scientists, and clinical investigators in the field along with physicians and other healthcare practitioners.

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