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May 2004 Issue

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Program Paves Way for Physicians Entering Cancer Research

Published May 2004

Syed A. Ahmad, MD, assistant professor of surgery at the UC Medical Center, is one of four talented young physicians chosen to participate in the "Young Investigators" Training Course through the Southwest Oncology Group. This program is designed to develop the specific skills essential to designing and conducting cancer clinical trials.

With a network of over 3,700 physicians extending across the U.S. and into Canada and Puerto Rico, the Southwest Oncology Group is one of the largest of the Cooperative Groups supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Recognizing the growing need for an infusion of new investigators into the ranks of cancer researchers, the Southwest Oncology Group initiated this innovative program in 1999 with generous support from Ortho Biotech Oncology through The Hope Foundation.

The other investigators selected for the Spring 2004 "Young Investigators" Training Course are: Kathie-Ann P. Joseph, MD, MPH, clinical instructor of surgery at Columbia University Med-ical Center in New York; Sai-Hong Ignatius Ou, MD, PhD, assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California Irvine Medical Center in Orange, California; and Scott E. Smith, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine at Loyola University, Chicago, Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center in Maywood, Illinois. All four researchers were recognized at the Spring 2004 Group Meeting in Huntington Beach, California in April.

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