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AACR honors Hagop Kantarjian for outstanding clinical research
Date:4/8/2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. Hagop Kantarjian, M.D., chair and professor in The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's Department of Leukemia, will be honored for clinical research excellence at the AACR Annual Meeting 2013, April 6-10.

Kantarjian will receive the 18th Annual AACR Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research from the American Association for Cancer Research Tuesday. His award is one of six given to MD Anderson faculty at the annual meeting.

"As a highly accomplished individual investigator and the leader of a renowned department, Dr. Kantarjian's impact on the survival and well-being of leukemia patients is felt around the world," said Waun Ki Hong, M.D., head of MD Anderson's Division of Cancer Medicine and vice provost for clinical research. "He has earned this honor through years of dedicated effort."

Kantarjian's lecture, "Leukemia Research and Progress A Look Back at the Future," will be at 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, April 9, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

"I am truly honored and humbled to be in the company of great men and women who, by their dedication to clinical research, have made seminal discoveries that have led to seismic changes in our understanding of cancer biology and therapeutics," Kantarjian said.

As a clinician and clinical researcher, Kantarjian has contributed to multiple improvements in the treatment of leukemia patients, including the development and testing of:

  • First- and second-generation BCR-ABL inhibitors, revolutionary new drugs for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Since the approval of Gleevec in 2001, these new treatments have raised the five-year survival rate of CML patients from 50 percent to 90 percent.

  • Combination therapies for acute lymphocytic leukemia that became standard of care and the single agent clofarabine, approved for ALL in 2005.

  • The epigenetic drug decita
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Contact: Scott Merville
smerville@mdanderson.org
713-792-0661
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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