Each year Critical Mass:YA Cancer Alliance, holds an important conference bringing together stakeholders in the field of YA Cancer. Researchers, doctors, nurses, non-profit administrators, survivors and caregivers come together to learn from each other. This year the conference was held in Chicago.
As a Critical Mass partner, and strong advocate for YA Cancer Research, our foundation annually awards researchers in two categories: Innovative Research and Clinical Trials and Innovative Programs and Services. The top three research posters are selected within each category and given a cash award.
We strongly believe that good research is an important step towards finding the best way to cure and treat cancer. FIGHT CONQUER CURE!!
Below are the names of the individuals awarded at the Critical Mass Conference 2015.
Innovative Research Innovative Programs
First Place $500 DEBORAH MOROSINI,MD MEGAN BIANCHETTI, MSW
Second Place $300 THERESA KEEGAN, PH.D KATHLEEN VILLA, PH.D
Third Place $150 JEANNE ERICKSON, PH.D MARIA CABLE, RN
MARIA CABLE RN Title: “Just In Case”: the Fertility information needs of teenagers and young adults with cancer.
MEGAN BIANCHETTI, MSW Title: Distress in AYAs with Cancer: Components and Covariates
THERESA KEEGAN, PH.D Title: Sociodemographic disparities in survival for adolescents and young adults with cancer differ by health insurance status: a population based-study in California, 2001-2011
JAMES L. BAKER PHARM.D (for Kathleen Villa) Title: A Modeling Analysis of the Risks and Benefits of a Pediatric-Inspired Protocol Compared with a Hyper-CVAD Protocol in the Treatment of Adolescents and Young Adults with Philadelphia-Negative Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Jeanne Erickson, Ph.D. Title: The Pain Experience of Hospitalized Young Adults with Cancer
MARK BAILEY PH.D. AND VINCENT MILLER MD (for Deborah Morosini) Title: Comprehensive genomic profiling of sarcomas from 203 adolescents and young adults reveals a distinct spectrum of targetable genomic alterations.
PAT TAYLOR: Advocate, Parent, and Friend Organization: 3 LITTLE BIRDS 4 LIFE
CHRISTABEL CHEUNG, MSW: Researcher and Survivor and new friend:) AND HER THERAPY DOG CALVIN.
HERNAN BARANGAN: Movie Producer, Artist and Survivor (Check out his work on YouTube) Organization: TEEN CANCER AMERICA