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July 2017

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X Eden Biltibo, MD, Meharry Medical College X Frederick Doamekpor, MD, More- house School of Medicine X Lionel Aurelien Kankeu Fonkoua, MD, Penn State College of Medicine X Victoria Lopez, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine X Nkem Nweze, MD, Einstein Medical Center X Maureen Offiah, MD, University of Mississippi X Emififen Udejiofor, MD, Morehouse School of Medicine The RTA is supported by Amgen, Conquer Cancer Foundation, and Jans- sen Oncology. MERIT AWARDS FOR HIGH-QUALITY RESEARCH After recognizing 65 symposia-specific CCF Merit Award recipients in 2017, the Conquer Cancer Foundation distributed 123 Merit Awards to oncology fellows who submitted high-quality research for presentation at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting and five additional Special Merit Awards for the highest- ranking abstracts in select categories. The 2017 Special Merit Award recipi- ents are: X Michal Zapotocky, MD, PhD, The Hospital for Sick Children, Bradley Stuart Beller Endowed Merit Award supported by Friends and Family of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Beller X Mette S. van Ramshorst, MD, Neth- erlands Cancer Institute, Allen S. Lichter, MD, Endowed Merit Award X Po-Ju Lin, PhD, MPH, RD, Universi- ty of Rochester Medical Center, Pain and Symptom Management Special Merit Award X James Edward Bates, MD, Univer- sity of Florida, Brigid Leventhal Spe- cial Merit Award X Todd Gibson, PhD, St. Jude Chil- dren's Research Hospital, James B. Nachman Endowed ASCO Junior Faculty Award in Pediatric Oncology, supported by Friends and Family of Dr. James B. Nachman Merit Awards are supported by Amgen, AstraZeneca, Ipsen Biopharmaceuti- cals Inc., Janssen Oncology, Kidney Cancer Association, Lilly, Merck & Co., Inc., Novartis Oncology, Mr. Jackson G. Simpson, and Takeda Oncology. LONG-TERM INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP The Long-term International Fellowship (LIFe) provides early-career oncolo- gists in low- to middle-income coun- tries the support and resources needed to advance their training by deepening their relationship with a mentor from the United States, Canada, or Europe, and their institution. This year's recipi- ent is Susmita Sharma, MD, National Academy of Medical Sciences, Bir Hos- pital, Nepal. The LIFe is supported by Conquer Cancer Foundation Mission Endowment. • All recipient lists are up to date as of June 9, 2017. Left: Recipients of the 2017 Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations. Top right: Recipients of the 2017 International Innovation Grant. Bottom right: Recipients of 2017 Special Merit Awards. I 39

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