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Odyssey Program Outstanding Research Publication Awards

The Outstanding Research Publication awards have been created to recognize the achievements of postdoctoral fellows for work accomplished at MD Anderson Cancer Center. These annual awards are sponsored by the MD Anderson Cancer Center Odyssey Program and funded by the Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Fund and the Heath Memorial Fund. When a recipient is chosen, he or she will be acknowledged as the main author of an outstanding contribution to the scientific literature in the broadly-defined area of cancer research.

Award Description

The Outstanding Research Publication Awards include monetary prizes, certificates and invitations to give public presentations at an Odyssey Program-sponsored public seminar, where the awards will be officially presented to the winners.

2013 Award Winners

Outstanding Research Publication Award Supported by the Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Fund

Chia-Hsin Chan, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology. Mentor: Hui-Kuan Lin, Ph.D.

"Pharmacological Skp2 inactivation restricts cancer stem cell traits and cancer progression"


(From L) Oliver Bogler, Ph.D. – Senior VP, Academic Affairs, Chia-Hsin Chan, Ph.D.- winner of the 2013 Outstanding Research Publication Award supported by the Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Fund and Dr. Chan's mentor, Hui-Kuan Lin, Ph.D.  

Outstanding Research Publication Award Supported by the Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Fund

Hongbo Hu, Ph.D., Instructor, Department of Immunology. Mentor: Shao-Cong Sun, Ph.D.

"OTUD7B Controls non-canonial NF-kB activation through deubiquitination of TRAF3"

(From L) Oliver Bogler, Ph.D. - Senior VP, Academic Affairs and Hongbo Hu, Ph.D. - winner of the 2013 Outstanding Research Publication Award supported by the Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Fund

Outstanding Research Publication Award Supported by the Heath Memorial Fund

Da Yang, Ph.D., Odyssey Fellow, Department of Pathology. Mentor: Wei Zhang, Ph.D.

"Integrated Analyses Identify a Master MicroRNA Regulatory Network for the Mesenchymal Subtype in Serous Ovarian Cancer" 


(From L) Oliver Bogler, Ph.D. – Senior VP, Academic Affairs, Da Yang, Ph.D. - winner 2012 Outstanding Publication Award supported by the Heath Memorial Fund and Dr. Yang's mentor, Wei Zhang, Ph.D.,

 


Winners and mentors with Dr. Ethan Dmitrovsky, Provost and Executive VP

 

Winners and mentors with Dr. Ronald DePinho, President

Eligibility

The awardee must have been employed at MD Anderson Cancer Center as a postdoctoral fellow when the manuscript was submitted for publication. The awardee must be the first author on this paper and the work must have been done at MD Anderson. The paper must have been published within FY14 (September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014) or in press or officially accepted for publication by August 31, 2014.

Who can apply?

All MD Anderson postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply. You must be the first author on this article, and this includes authors contributing equally or co-first authors.

Application open and due dates

The application opens on September 1, 2014 and deadline is October 31, 2014.

What do I need to apply?

Applications must contain the following:

  1. A brief description (400 words or less) explaining the significance of the publication.
  2. A curriculum vitae or biosketch in NIH format - two pages maximum - including a complete list of publications.
  3. The research paper under consideration (published paper or in press manuscript).
  4. In case of an unpublished article, a copy of the official acceptance letter from the journal editor.

Download the biographical sketch form (pdf).
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How do I submit my application?

Download and complete the application form (pdf) and submit your manuscript and other requested documents to odyssey@mdanderson.org.

Criteria for Selection of Award Recipients

The Odyssey Program Advisory Committee will select the winner based on the following set of criteria:

  • Significance of the work described in the manuscript
  • Novelty of findings reported
  • Likelihood that the reported findings will advance the field
  • Impact factor of the scientific journal where the article is or will be published
Refer to the ISI Web of Knowledge Web site for information on impact factor.
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If several outstanding entries score similarly on these initial selection criteria, additional considerations for final winner selection will include:

  • The number and importance of other recent publications by the same author
  • The number of additional authors on the publication under consideration (listing fewer authors suggests a larger contribution by each author).
  • How well the publication is written

Contact Information

Questions regarding the MD Anderson Odyssey Award competition should be addressed to:

Oliver Bogler, Ph.D.
Sr. VP Academic Affairs
odyssey@mdanderson.org


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