Tampa—March 22, 2014—The Foundation for Women’s Cancer and the Claudia Cohen Research Foundation announce today that Dr. Andrew Berchuck has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Foundation for Women’s Cancer/Claudia Cohen Research Foundation Prize for Outstanding Gynecologic Researcher. The $50,000 prize is being presented at the Society of Gynecologic Oncology 45th Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer in Tampa.
Dr. Berchuck is the Director of the Duke University Division of Gynecologic Oncology and of the Gynecologic Cancer Program at the Duke Cancer Institute. Dr. Berchuck has had a career-long commitment to research that seeks to understand the causes of endometrial and ovarian cancers at the molecular level. His current research interests focus on the genetic factors tied to ovarian cancer with the hope of being able to determine with more precision those women are at highest risk, leading to better preventive and earlier detection approaches. He was the recipient of the 2006 Margaret Greenfield/Carmel Cohen, MD “Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Prize’” awarded by the Foundation for Women’s Cancer.
Each year more than 90,000 women will be diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer and about 28,000 will die from these cancers. Gynecologic cancers include cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal and vulvar cancers.
”It is a great honor to be recognized with this award from the Claudia Cohen Research Foundation. Its generous and sustained support for women’s cancer research has been truly inspirational to researchers and also to affected patients and their families,” said Dr. Berchuck.
The prize is funded by the Claudia Cohen Research Foundation in honor of Claudia Cohen, who lost her battle with uterine leiomyosarcoma in 2007. Ms. Cohen was a highly respected journalist and philanthropist. The Claudia Cohen Research Foundation was founded by Ms. Cohen’s daughter Samantha Perelman, with her sister Caleigh, to foster research aimed at reducing the burden of gynecologic cancer.
“The Claudia Cohen Foundation was founded in my mother’s memory to champion the most innovative scientific researchers working to fight against women’s cancer. 2014 marks the fifth year of the prize, and we are proud to commend the work of leading gynecologic oncologists who are striving on behalf of women everywhere,” said Samantha Perelman.
The Claudia Cohen Prize for Outstanding Gynecologic Researcher is one of six prizes, five ovarian cancer grants and one endometrial research grant announced during the SGO Annual Meeting.
Since announcing its first grant in 1995, the Foundation for Women’s Cancer has awarded 105 research grants, totaling more than $5.4 million. Its research program targets promising young researchers who often receive their initial research funding from the Foundation. The Foundation is grateful to the many families and individuals who give generously each year to support this important research endeavor. For a list of the Foundation’s other 2013-2014 award winners, click here.
“Our partnership with the Claudia Cohen Research Foundation allows us to recognize our most productive researchers and provide key support as they continue to explore critical questions about how to improve outcomes for women diagnosed with a gynecologic cancer,” said Dr. David M. Gershenson, Chairman, Foundation for Women’s Cancer.
For more information about the Foundation for Women’s Cancer and the prevention, early detection and optimal treatment of gynecologic cancers, visit foundationforwomenscancer.org. For more information about the Claudia Cohen Research Foundation, visit claudicohenfoundation.org.
About the Foundation for Women’s Cancer
The Foundation for Women’s Cancer, in concert with the Society of Gynecologic Oncology, is dedicated to expanding public awareness, education, research and training to improve the prevention, early detection and optimal treatment of gynecologic cancers. A national organization dedicated to the eradication of all reproductive cancers, the Foundation has provided more than $5.4 million in research funding since 1995, earning recognition from Worth Magazine as one of the nation’s 100 best charities.
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About the Claudia Cohen Research Foundation
The Claudia Cohen Research Foundation, established in 2007, is dedicated exclusively to support research leading to the treatment, control, and prevention of gynecologic cancer with a special emphasis on gynecologic sarcoma. The Claudia Cohen Prize for Outstanding Gynecologic Cancer Research was launched in 2009, and aims to champion the achievement of leaders in cutting-edge research by awarding an annual $50,000 prize.
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