AACR annual meeting to feature Arizona Cancer Center researcher

AACR annual meeting to feature Arizona Cancer Center researcher

Elena Martínez, PhD, co-director of the Arizona Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program and director of the Center’s Cancer Health Disparities Institute, will participate in a panel discussion on mentoring minority scientists at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting next week.

Three UA early-career cancer researchers are among 25 nationwide receiving funding from AACR to attend the annual meeting.

The mentoring session will be part of the AACR Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) program at the AACR’s 101st annual meeting in Washington, DC, April 17 to 21. MICR has more than 4,000 members.

“How to Mentor and Be Mentored: Challenges and Opportunities for Minority Scientists” will be presented April 19. Martínez, a professor of public health at the University of Arizona and the incoming chair of MICR, will discuss the mentoring process from the mentor’s perspective.

“Mentoring can be both challenging and rewarding. The challenges come from the fact that mentors don’t tend to get any training on how to be good mentors. We essentially learn on the job,” Martínez says. “However, if one is fortunate enough to have had good mentors, like me, this is one way to learn how to guide mentees through their academic careers. The rewards come from the extreme gratification when one sees one’s mentee reach successful milestones.”

Receiving the AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards which provides funding to attend the annual meeting are:

Sylvestor A. Moses, a graduate student in the Biochemistry/Molecular and Cellular Biology program. His research focuses on cancer drug discovery and development targeting the PI3K/AKT signaling pathway and TIAM1.

Rachel L. Zenuk, a graduate student in the UA’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and Komen fellow in the Arizona Cancer Center’s Breast Cancer Disparities post-baccalaureate training program, conducts research into factors that influence screening mammography among African American and Hispanic women with breast cancer.

Stefanie L. Raymond-Whish, PhD, a UA affiliate for research and a post-doctoral fellow in the laboratory of SuWon Kim, PhD, at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.