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Rogel Cancer Center announces new cancer health equity scholars, plus other 2022 awards

Date Visible: 
04/28/2022 - 10:45am

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The awards to researchers, clinical investigators and students stem from the generous gift committed by Rich and Susan Rogel

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ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center will provide funding support to 12 exceptional faculty researchers, 2 early career clinical researchers and six medical and graduate students. In addition, the center has launched a new program for Rogel Scholars in Cancer Health Equity, to support two faculty members who are working to address the cancer burden in historically underserved or excluded populations.

The awards are funded through the transformational $150 million commitment in 2018 by Richard and Susan Rogel. Four years later, the cancer center has established several programs that support multiple aspects of its mission:

  • Rogel Scholars awards provide support for exceptional faculty dedicated to achieving impact on cancer prevention, patient outcomes and quality of life.
  • Rogel Scholars in Cancer Health Equity awards recognize the center’s long-standing commitment to reducing the burden of cancer, particularly among historically underserved populations. This program will support the generation and dissemination of high-impact research to improve outcomes in these populations.
  • Rogel Clinical Research Early Investigators awards provide career development support to junior faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding clinical research and a promising future in oncology.
  • Rogel Scholarships support fourth-year medical students and M.D./Ph.D. or Ph.D. students with potential for major impact in a career in the cancer research field.

“We are thrilled to be carrying out Rich and Susan Rogels’ intention of funding our people and programs to improve treatment and care for cancer patients, develop promising scientists, and leverage the university’s broad and deep strengths in science, innovation and patient care,” said Eric Fearon, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Rogel Cancer Center. “This year’s outstanding recipients represent the gamut from senior investigators to promising early career faculty to the next generation. We look forward to the advances they will make.”

2022 Rogel Scholars:

2022 Rogel Scholars in Cancer Health Equity:

2022 Clinical Research Early Investigators:

2022 Medical Student Scholarships:

  • Holly Roberts
  • Cameron Harter
  • Abed Rahman Kawakibi

2022 Graduate Student Scholarships:

Learn more about the Rogels’ gift and the programs it supports.