National Cancer Institute (NCI) recognized Melanie Thomas, M.D., with a
Cancer Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. Thomas is one of 11
researchers nationally to receive the award, available only to members
of NCI cancer centers. Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) received NCI
designation in early 2009.
Thomas, associate director of clinical investigations and a
gastrointestinal oncologist at HCC, holds the Grace E. DeWolff Endowed
Chair in Medical Oncology. She also was the first woman to be appointed
to lead a South Carolina Center of Economic Excellence (CoEE). She
leads the CoEE in Gastrointestinal Cancer Diagnostics.
Designed for midlevel clinical investigators, the awards provide
recognition and funding for those who lead cancer research programs at
academic cancer centers. Eleven clinical investigators were recognized
for their contributions to the advancement of effective new therapies
through their collaborative team science approach within NCI-funded
clinical trials. The two-year award provides investigators with partial
salary support for their leadership roles in clinical trials at
NCI-designated cancer centers.
Friday, Nov. 13, 2009