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Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D., of Einstein, receives lifetime achievement award in cancer research
Date:2/10/2011

February 10, 2011 (BRONX, NY) The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the world's largest organization dedicated to cancer research, has awarded Susan Band Horwitz, Ph.D., the Rose C. Falkenstein Professor of Cancer Research and co-chair of molecular pharmacology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, its Eighth Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research.

Dr. Horwitz, who is also the associate director for experimental therapeutics at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, is being honored for her pioneering research that established the mechanism of action of the cancer chemotherapeutic drug Taxol, also known as paclitaxel, which prompted the development of this drug as an important therapy for many common solid tumors. Taxol has been used by more than one million patients worldwide to treat cancers of the ovary, breast and lung.

"Dr. Horwitz has had a direct impact on millions of cancer patients around the world through her work in understanding the mechanisms of action of paclitaxel and other cytotoxic drugs," said Margaret Foti, Ph.D., M.D. (h.c.), chief executive officer of the AACR. "Her remarkable career and pivotal scientific contributions have influenced our understanding of how cancer drugs work and how to translate that knowledge into improved strategic treatments."

"This award has great meaning for me because it results from a decision made by my peers," said Dr. Horwitz. "This honor recognizes my laboratory and all of the students, fellows and visiting scientists, who have contributed so much to my research program."

Dr. Horwitz began investigating Taxol in 1977, after its isolation from the bark of the Pacific yew tree, Taxus brevifolia, by two medicinal chem
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