Ludwig Harvard Co-director Joan Brugge was one of five women scientists awarded The Victoria’s Secret Global Fund for Women’s Cancers 2022 Meritorious Awards, in partnership with Pelotonia and AACR. The award recognizes five female researchers who have made pioneering contributions to the understanding or treatment of breast cancer or any type of gynecologic malignancy. Joan was honored for her many discoveries elucidating the mechanisms of cancer initiation, growth and therapeutic resistance, work that has contributed to the development of new therapeutic strategies to overcome cancer drug resistance. The award took special note of her landmark isolation and characterization of the Src oncogene and her development of three-dimensional cell culture models for cancer research. Award recipients receive a $100,000 honorarium and are asked to nominate three to five outstanding investigators to be considered for grants in a women’s cancers research program. Joan and other honorees will serve as mentors to the researchers ultimately selected. The award was presented at the AACR Annual Meeting 2022, April 8-13, in New Orleans.
This article appeared in the May 2022 issue of Ludwig Link. Click here to download a copy (PDF, 2MB).