Distinguished Scientist Award

Recognizing Scientific Excellence

The AACI Distinguished Scientist Award was created in 2002 to recognize a major contributor to the field of cancer research. 

Selected by the AACI Board of Directors, the awardee should be widely known in the cancer community through their research accomplishments. 

Recent past awardees include Drs. William G. Kaelin, Jr., Douglas R. Lowy, Charles Perou, Carl June, James Allison, and Lewis Cantley.

2021 Recipient Spotlight

Judy E. Garber, MD, PhD, FAACR

Judy E. Garber, MD, PhD, FAACR

Judy E. Garber, MD, PhD, FAACR, chief of the Division of Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, will receive the AACI Distinguished Scientist Award on Wednesday, October 20, during the 2021 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting.

AACI is recognizing Dr. Garber, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, for her breakthrough research on the treatment of triple-negative or basal-like breast cancer, the most common form in women with BRCA1 mutations. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, past member of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Councilors, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and is the past president of the American Association for Cancer Research. She was appointed by President Obama to serve a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board, and in 2013 she was elected to the Institute of Medicine.

Learn More About Dr. Garber's Scientific Achievements

  • Only members of the AACI Board of Directors are eligible to submit a nominee 
  • Eligible nominees will be considered based on satisfactory completion of the nomination form, which should include a detailed description of how the nominee has made an enduring impact on the progress of cancer research or patient care

The AACI Distinguished Scientist Award will be presented during the 2022 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting.

The awardee will be invited to deliver a keynote presentation to meeting attendees. In the event that there is no nomination or no nominee meets the award criteria, no award will be made for that cycle. 

Spring 2022
Nomination forms due

Spring 2022

Nominations reviewed

Summer 2022

Honoreee notified of selection

Summer 2022

Honoree announced

October 2022

Award presented during the 2022 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting

Please note: all dates are subject to change.