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Zubrod Memorial Lecture Spotlights Outstanding Cancer Research

The event honored Sylvester faculty, launched a new award category for early-stage investigators and showcased more than 100 scientific posters.

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, recognized outstanding research by faculty members, awarded its first Early-Stage Investigator of the Year and paid tribute to the legacy of Charles Gordon Zubrod, M.D., at the 23rd Zubrod Memorial Lecture Nov. 17.

Dr. Gordon Zubrod, the founding director of the University of Miami Cancer Center.
Dr. Gordon Zubrod, the founding director of the University of Miami Cancer Center. The Zubrod Memorial Lecture honors his distinguished career and recognizes outstanding research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Zubrod led the Division of Cancer Treatment at the National Cancer Institute, pioneering the use of chemotherapy. In 1974 he became the founding director of what was then called the University of Miami Cancer Center, now Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Laurie Glimcher, M.D., president and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, served as this year’s distinguished lecturer. Her remarks focused on RIOK2 as a human blood development master regulator. Most notably, Dr. Glimcher identified key transcriptional regulators of protective immunity and the origin of pathophysiologic immune responses underlying autoimmune, infectious and malignant diseases.

In his opening remarks, Sylvester Director Stephen Nimer, M.D., also the Oscar de la Renta Endowed Chair in Cancer Research and executive dean of research at the Miller School, discussed Dr. Glimcher’s trailblazing career in cancer research as Dana-Farber’s first female president and CEO.

The lecture also featured more than 100 scientific posters, said Kerry Burnstein, Ph.D., associate director for education and training at Sylvester.


First Early-Stage Investigator of the Year Award

Priscila Barreto-Coelho, M.D., hematology and oncology chief fellow at Sylvester and Jackson Memorial Hospital, received the first 2023 Early-Stage Investigator of the Year award, which spotlights a researcher who is not yet faculty. Dr. Barreto-Coelho also was recently awarded a Conquer Cancer Career Young Investigator (YIA) Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

Top 5 Award-winning Posters

Data-driven identification of novel precision drug therapies for prostate cancer

More than just “vaginal dryness”: Addressing an unmet need for sexual health intervention in female cancer survivors through a surgeon-led, sexual-health-after-cancer program

Cell-autonomous cxcl1 sustains tolerogenic circuitries and stromal inflammation via neutrophil-derived TNF in pancreatic cancer

Targeted protein degradation overcomes kinase-dead drug-resistant BTK mutations in b-cell malignancies

Identifying neighborhood hot spots of cervical cancer for targeted intervention in South Florida

Next Year’s Zubrod Memorial Lecture

For information about next year’s event, email Rositsa Kalinova or call 305-243-1539.

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