Conquer Cancer announces 2023 Breakthrough Merit and Abstract Award Recipients

Vicki Kilpatrick
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation, is proud to announce the recipients of its 2023 Breakthrough Merit and Abstract Awards. These awards recognize students, trainees, and junior faculty for their valuable research in clinical cancer treatment and technology innovations in cancer care. Awardees will present their research in Yokohama, Japan, August 3–5, 2023, during ASCO Breakthrough, a yearly oncology meeting bringing together thought leaders, clinicians, technology pioneers, novel drug developers and researchers for inspiration, collaboration, and more.

Abstract Awards support the first authors of the 40 highest-rated abstracts selected for presentation during ASCO Breakthrough. The awards are supported by the Conquer Cancer Mission Endowment program. See the complete list of 2023 Breakthrough Abstract Award recipients.

Merit Awards recognize the quality and scientific merit of research submitted by students and trainees to an ASCO meeting. The 2023 Merit Award recipients for ASCO Breakthrough are:

Khadjah Alshankati, DM
Princess Margaret Hospital, University of Toronto

Zhaohui Arter, MD
UCI Medical Center

Aditya Dabas, MBBS, MD
Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjang Hospital

Anshumi Desai, MD
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital

Khalid El Bairi, MD
Mohammed Ist University

Sofia Genta, MD
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University of Toronto

Yu Gu
Peking Union Medical College Hospital

Alberto Hernando-Calvo, MD
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network

Linda Huynh, MSc
University of Nebraska Medical Center

Yan Leyfman, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Chiara Mercinelli, MD, IRCCS
Ospedale San Raffaele

Akhil Santhosh, MD
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi

Stephanie Saw, MRCP, MBBS
National Cancer Centre Singapore

Shohei Takaichi, MD, PhD
Mayo Clinic

Aaron Tan, PhD, FRACP
National Cancer Centre Singapore

Le Thi Cuc, NP, RN
Hanoi Medical University, Hanoi Medical University Hospital 

Kohei Tsujino
Osaka Medical and Pharmaceutical University 

Max Wang, MPH
Northwestern University


The 2023 Conquer Cancer Merit Awards are generously supported by Terri Armstrong, Chris Armstrong, and Mark Gilbert, ASCO Employees, Association of Northern California Oncologists, AstraZeneca, BeiGene, Friends and Family of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Beller, Dr. and Mrs. Douglas W. Blayney, Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, Bristol Myers Squibb, Stephen A. Cannistra, MD, Jonathan K. and Cora Y. Cho Charitable Fund, Friends, Family, and Colleagues of Dr. Cecil "Pete" Coggins, Michael Craig Cox, PharmD, MHS, BCOP, Trailblazing patient Mark A. Crafts and Generous Supporters of Team Crafty, Bill and Karen Dahut, Steve and Audra Edwards, Eisai Inc., Estate of Darla C. Ellis, Epiphany Partners, Inc., Flatiron Health, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline Oncology, Harborside, Friends, Colleagues, and Family of Joe Hogan, Melissa M. Hudson, MD, FASCO and Albert E. Weeks, MD, Kimberly Irvine, Nicole M. Kuderer, MD and Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, FASCO, Natasha B. Leighl, MD, FASCO, William T. Leslie, MD, Loxo Oncology Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, Maryland/District of Columbia Society of Clinical Oncology, Friends and Colleagues of Theresa Mays, Melanoma Research Foundation, Therese Marie Mulvey, MD, FASCO, Friends and Family of Dr. James B. Nachman, New Rhein Healthcare, LLC, Friends and Colleagues of Dr. Larry Norton, Dr. Kathleen Pritchard Medicine Professional Corporation, The QuadW Foundation, Gabrielle Betty Rocque, MD, MSPH, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Frances A. Shepherd, MD, FASCO, Stephen A. Sherwin, MD, Drs. Rachna and Puneet Shroff, The Sontag Foundation, Supporters of Innovations and Research in Medical Education, Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Nizar M. Tannir, MD, Anthony and Marilyn Tolcher, Dr. Michael and Deborah Troner, and William S. Yaus, Jeffrey W. Yaus, and Kathleen Y. Wolin, ScD (This listing is current as of July 10, 2023.)