School of Med faculty member receives Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award

Alicia A. Goyeneche, Ph.D., a member of the Sanford School of Medicine of The University of South Dakota faculty, received a Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award at the 102nd annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, April 2-6.

Goyeneche is a research instructor of basic biomedical sciences. She was recognized as a Minority Scholar in Cancer Research for her research on subjects such as the growth of cancer cells and ways to improve the efficacy of combination treatments for cancer. Goyeneche is passionate about cancer research because of �those (people) that are already its victims, those that are giving big battles to it and those who are trying to decipher it with the intention to finally overcome the disease.� Additionally, she credited her mentor Carlos Telleria, Ph.D., associate professor of basic biomedical sciences, for supervising her work. A member of the Sanford School of Medicine faculty since 2002, Goyeneche received her Ph.D. from the University of San Luis in Argentina.

The Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award is sponsored by a grant from the National Cancer Institute�s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. Now in its 26th year, the Center is intended to enhance the education and training of minority researchers and increase the visibility and recognition of minorities involved in cancer research. Scholars are chosen from minority institutions and the larger bodies of universities, colleges and research institutions, based on their qualifications, references from mentors, and an estimation of professional benefit. More information about the recipients, including Goyeneche, is available at www.aacr.org/home/scientists/meetings–workshops/travel-grants/minority-scholar-awards/2011-minority-scholars-a-l.aspx

The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer. Founded in 1907, the AACR is the world�s oldest and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research.

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