Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research honors giant in the field of carcinogenesis, specifically colorectal cancer
One of the criteria for the Distinguished Faculty Lectureship Award in Biomedical Research is that the recipient delivers a lecture. On Nov. 17, Eric R. Fearon, M.D., Ph.D., the Emanuel N. Maisel Professor of Oncology, presented “Mechanisms Underlying Colorectal Tumor Pathogenesis.”
Colleagues who nominated Fearon for the award call him a giant in the field of carcinogenesis, specifically in the understanding and development of colorectal cancer. A majority of his scholarly work has detailed the genetic pathway that a normal epithelial cell in the colon of patients takes to transform into an adenomatous polyp and then into a visible and dangerous cancer that afflicts a large part of the Western world.
“This award recognizes the many, many individuals who have assisted and supported me … including outstanding department chairs and division chiefs who have fostered and supported my efforts… the outstanding mentors I learned from … the engaging and innovative colleagues that I interact and collaborate with (especially my wife, Kathleen Cho, M.D.); the dedicated and imaginative students and trainees … and my family’s exceptional support and patience,” he says.