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Mayo Clinic: Raoul Tibes, M.D., Ph.D., to receive Career Development Award
Date:6/3/2011

CHICAGO -- Rauol Tibes, M.D., Ph.D., the associate director of the Acute and Chronic Leukemias Program at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, will receive a Career Development Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (formerly known as the ASCO Cancer Foundation) at the annual ASCO meeting this weekend in Chicago.

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Dr. Tibes is one of only eight researchers in the United States selected to receive the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Career Development Award this year. The award, a three year grant totaling $200,000, will help fund the next phase of Mayo Clinic's translational research in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) led by Dr. Tibes and his team of colleagues.

The Career Development Awards are presented to physicians who are within their first to third year of full-time, primary faculty appointment in a clinical department at an academic medical institution.

"I am very happy and proud," said Dr. Tibes, upon learning that his research effort from his laboratory, designed to advance new therapies for patients with acute leukemias, was recognized with this honor.

The crux of this translational research focuses on how to make the drug Cytarabine (one of the most actively used drugs administered to leukemia patients), more potent and effective, particularly for leukemia patients who have failed prior therapies and whose leukemia has relapsed.

Dr. Tibes said this kind of translational research project was greatly accelerated when he and his team began adapting RNA interference (RNAi) to leukemia research.

"We performed a large scale RNAi screening knock
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Contact: Julie Janovsky-Mason
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Mayo Clinic
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