Jan 26, 2018 9:00 AM


Andreana Holowatyj, PhD

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) researcher Andreana Holowatyj, PhD received an award for her work studying colorectal cancer in young adults from the Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Merit Award recognizes young researchers who have made a significant impact to their field of study and promotes clinical cancer research by giving recipients the chance to present their findings at conferences.

Holowatyj is a member of the Ulrich research group at HCI. Led by Neli Ulrich, PhD, the group’s work focuses on lifestyle and biologic factors in cancer prevention and cancer prognosis, particularly of colorectal cancer.

Holowatyj's work being presented at the symposium

As part of the Merit Award, Holowatyj attended the 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco, California, where she presented research on colorectal cancer rates among adolescents, emerging adults, and young adults (AYAs). Rates of colorectal cancer continue to rise in this population, but researchers aren’t sure why. Holowatyj’s study discovered that the tumor site is associated with the patient’s age when they are diagnosed. This is the first research to define clinical patterns of colorectal cancer among AYAs. More research into the cause of these patterns will help tailor colorectal screening and treatment recommendations for AYA patients.

Holowatyj also recently began a three-year term on the Associate Member Council of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). In this position, Holowatyj will serve in an advisory capacity to AACR leadership and help develop programs and services to address the needs of early-career investigators in cancer research.

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