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2016 Clinical Translational Scientist Career Achievement Award
The Institute for Clinical and Translational Science is pleased to announce the 2016 Clinical Translational Scientist Career Achievement Award Recipient. This award honors the career accomplishments of an investigator who embodies excellence in the broad spectrum of translational science from basic and applied research to implementing biomedical discovery to clinical practice. The common theme of this award is consistent and outstanding achievement in translational innovation that benefits human health.
Dr. Frank Meyskens
Dr. Frank Meyskens was the founding director of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Orange County’s only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center, and served in that role until 2012. He is a Professor of Medicine, Biological Chemistry, Public Health, and Epidemiology. Under Dr. Meyskens’ guidance, the number of biologists, engineers, oncologists, and other faculty researching cancer treatment and prevention has doubled to about 200, grant dollars have more than quadrupled, and the number of cancer patients being treated at UCI has increased considerably. Dr. Meyskens is a founding member of the International Society of Cancer Prevention and served as its president from 1999 to 2004. Dr. Meyskens and his colleagues are studying the mechanistic basis of drug resistance of melanoma cells with a particular interest in transcriptional regulation and redox regulation, have proposed an alternative model for the etiology and progression of cutaneous melanoma, and are developing new anticancer prevention and therapeutic interventions based on these observations. The team has also been heavily involved in Phase I, II, and III clinical chemoprevention trials involving colon, oral, and prostate cancers, as well as melanoma. In 2008, he co-founded Cancer Prevention Pharmaceuticals, the first and only company with cancer prevention as its major focus.
Dr. Meyskens has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, among them the UC Irvine Daniel G. Aldrich Jr. Endowed Chair, named for the campus’s founding chancellor, to honor and support the research of a faculty member of the highest distinction. He has also received Distinguished Achievement Awards from the American Association of Cancer Research and the American Society of Preventive Oncology for three decades of work. Dr. Meyskens is the author of hundreds of research articles and book chapters. Last but not least, Dr. Meyskens has published two books of poetry (Aching for Tomorrow, 2007, and Believing in Today, 2014), which embody the spirit of compassion and humanism that has informed his career accomplishments in science and medicine.
Join us in celebrating Dr. Meyskens!
The 8th Annual ICTS Awards Dinner