APRIL 17, 2023, NEW YORK – Ludwig Cancer Research congratulates Ludwig Lausanne Director George Coukos and Jedd Wolchok, co-director of the Ludwig Collaborative Laboratory at Weill Cornell Medicine, on their election to the Academy of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), class of 2023. The Academy honors scientists whose research has contributed significantly to our understanding of cancer biology or fueled innovation in cancer prevention and care.
Coukos was elected to the AACR Academy for his “seminal contributions to characterizing the occurrence of spontaneous immune responses in ovarian tumors, for demonstrating that tumor infiltrating lymphocytes may function as strong predictors of enhanced ovarian cancer survival and for designing and implementing critical immunotherapy clinical trials.”
Wolchok was recognized “for illustrious contributions to novel cancer immunotherapy strategies, such as demonstrating the benefits of checkpoint inhibitor therapy in melanoma and leading several pivotal clinical trials, including the phase I clinical trial for ipilimumab and the phase III clinical trial involving the combination of ipilimumab and nivolumab.”
Nominees to the AACR Academy are elected through an annual peer review process conducted by existing Fellows of the Academy and ratified by its Steering Committee and the AACR Executive Committee in conjunction with the AACR Academy Nomination and Election Oversight Committee. Only those who’ve had an enduring impact on cancer research are considered for the honor.
The AACR announcement is available here.