Pandolfi Award Honors Women in Cancer Research


2018 Pandolfi Award Winner Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD (center)
Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD, center, receiving the 2018 Pandolfi Award from, left, Dinah S. Singer, PhD, of the National Cancer Institute and Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD.
The Pandolfi Award for Women in Cancer Research is an annual award that recognizes the scientific contributions of a female researcher in the field of cancer research.

The award was created to honor the talent, hard work and remarkable achievements of all women in cancer research by Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD, Director of the Cancer Center and Cancer Research Institute at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Pandolfi has also said he conceived the award as a way of expressing gratitude to the many women who inspired and aided him in his scientific career.

Nominations for this year’s award are welcome from members of the scientific community. Nominees should be a trail-blazing, mid-career woman researcher whose contributions have already had an impact on cancer science and ‎whose research path continues to trend upward. Your nomination must include the name of the researcher, her institution and her research focus. Nominations are due by Thursday, February 28.

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Selection Committee Schedule

January-February — Call for applications
February 28, 2019 — Deadline for nominations
March — Application review
May — Recipient selection
June — Recipient notification
November 5, 2019 — Award presentation

The most recent Pandolfi award went to Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in recognition of her significant contributions to the field of immuno-oncology.

2017 Pandolfi Award Winner Johanna Joyce, PhD
Johanna Joyce delivering a scientific lecture after receiving the Pandolfi Award in 2017.
The first Pandolfi Award was presented at the 10th annual BIDMC Cancer Symposium on November 9, 2017, to Johanna Joyce, PhD, a professor of oncology of the University of Lausanne in Switzerland. Her research seeks to identify potential therapeutic targets among non-malignant cells of the breast tumor microenvironment.

The recipient receives her award and a $1,000 honorarium at the BIDMC Cancer Center’s Standard of Cure Cancer Symposium. She is also invited to deliver a scientific presentation at the event.

The Pandolfi Award selection process is overseen by a selection committee which includes Dr. Pandolfi and BIDMC Cancer Center colleagues, as well as the previous year’s winner.

The committee will select the top candidate whose work embodies Dr. Pandolfi’s vision of a field with many more female cancer researchers who are providing scientific leadership and advancing progress toward “the standard of cure.”