The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has announced the winners of the 2023 Abstract Awards at its 65th Annual Meeting, ASTRO 2023. The winners were selected based on their peer-reviewed scores and final abstract review by the Annual Meeting Steering Committee.
The prestigious Steven A. Leibel Award, established in memory of Steven A. Leibel, MD, FASTRO, was presented to two recipients this year. Vinai Gondi, MD, from Northwestern Medicine Cancer Center and Northwestern Medicine Proton Center, received the award for his abstract titled “Primary Endpoint Results of NRG CC003: Phase IIR/III Trial of Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation (PCI) with or without Hippocampal Avoidance (HA) for Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC).” Bradford Hoppe, MD, MPH, FASTRO, from Mayo Clinic Florida, was also honored with the Leibel Award for his abstract on “Consolidative Radiotherapy in Place of Autologous Stem Cell Transplant in Patients with Low-Risk Relapsed/Refractory (R/R) Classic Hodgkin Lymphoma (cHL) Treated with Nivolumab plus Brentuximab Vedotin: CheckMate 744.” Each recipient received a $2,000 prize provided by the American Board of Radiology Foundation.
The International Abstract Award, designed to foster medical education and career development, was given to Jose Felipe Munoz Lozano, MD, from Hospital Universitario. His winning abstract, “Development and Evaluation of a Mobile App for Radiotherapy Patient Education,” impressed the judging panel, earning him an honorarium, a certificate of recognition, and a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting.
The Resident Clinical/Basic Science Research Award, acknowledging outstanding research by young scientists, was presented to Alexander Allen, MD, from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. His significant study on “The Impact of a Precision Medicine Navigator on Inequities Associated with Utilization of Genomic Tests in Black Men with Prostate Cancer” earned him an honorarium, a certificate of recognition, and a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting.
Lastly, the Nurse Abstract Award, promoting clinical research among radiation oncology nurses, was given to Michelle Wear, MSN, from Mayo Clinic. Her abstract, “Prompt Pain Relief: Advanced Practice Provider Led Rapid Access Palliative Radiotherapy Clinic,” received high ratings, earning her a certificate of recognition and a complimentary registration to the Annual Meeting.
These awards recognize the outstanding contributions of professionals in the field of radiation oncology and highlight the importance of their research in advancing cancer treatment and patient care. Congratulations to all the winners of the 2023 ASTRO Abstract Awards!