Dec 22, 2017 9:00 AM

Neeraj Agarwal and Alana Welm
Neeraj Agarwal and Alana Welm

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is pleased to announce the appointment of two of our colleagues as holders of prestigious endowed chairs at the University of Utah. Endowed chairs recognize academic distinction, promote excellence, and provide funds for cutting-edge research.

Neeraj Agarwal, MD, has been awarded the Huntsman Cancer Institute Presidential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research in recognition of his dedication to cancer patients, students, and peers. Dr. Agarwal is an associate professor in the division of oncology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is the director of the Center for Investigational Therapeutics and co-leader of the experimental therapeutics program at HCI.

"Dr. Agarwal is highly worthy of this prestigious award that seeks to reduce the burden of cancer through clinical research," said Mary Beckerle, PhD, CEO and Director of HCI. "He is an outstanding and highly efficient clinician renowned for his national leadership, mentorship of medical trainees and junior faculty members, ability to design and test novel cancer therapeutic strategies, and recruitment of participants."

Alana Welm, PhD, has been named as the Ralph E. and Willia T. Main Presidential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research. Dr. Welm is an associate professor in the department of oncological sciences at the University of Utah, an investigator at HCI, and co-leader of the cell response and regulation program at HCI.

"Dr. Welm is an exceptionally talented, generous, and distinguished scientist," Beckerle said. "Her contributions have advanced our understanding of breast cancer biology leading to new therapeutic strategies. Dr. Welm works tirelessly to bridge the gap between basic research and patient care. Her discoveries will speed the effort to save lives and reduce suffering from breast cancer by targeting disease onset and dissemination."

Congratulations to Dr. Agarwal and Dr. Welm for their success, commitment, and dedication to cancer research.

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