The Outstanding Research Publication Awards recognize the achievements of postdoctoral fellows for work accomplished at MD Anderson. These annual awards are sponsored by the MD Anderson 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 first author of an outstanding contribution to the scientific literature in the broadly defined area of cancer research.
Research Publication Award Recipients
2017 Outstanding Research Publication Award recipient Spencer Wei, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Immunology, with Marites Melancon, Ph.D., director, Odyssey Program.
2017 Outstanding Research Publication Award recipient Yugang Wang, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Neuro-Oncology-Research, with Mentor, James Zhimin,M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Neuro-Oncology - Research and Marites Melancon, Ph.D., director, Odyssey Program.
2016 Outstanding Research Publication Award recipient Yi Du, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, Molecular & Cellular Oncology
The Outstanding Research Publication Awards will recognize excellence in two research categories - basic and translational. This award includes 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.
The awardee must have been employed at MD Anderson 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 FY18 (Sept. 1, 2017, to Aug. 31, 2018) either online or on paper.
All MD Anderson postdoctoral fellows are eligible to apply. You must be the first author on the article. This may include authors contributing equally or co-first authors.
The application opens on Oct. 1, and the deadline is Nov. 15, at 5 p.m. CST. Eligible postdoctoral fellows will receive an email with detailed information.
Applications must contain the following:
- Application form which includes a brief description (in 4 bullet points or less) explaining the significance of the publication
- The research paper under consideration (published paper).
- Download and complete the Outstanding Publication Award application form (pdf).
- Save your completed application form and a copy of published paper/manuscript as PDF documents.
- Combine your documents, in the order listed above, into a single PDF document.
- Name the combined PDF document as follows: Lastname_Firstname.pdf.
- Submit your combined PDF document to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Odyssey Program Advisory Committee will select award recipients based on this score sheet. The following are the criteria for scoring:
- 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 (basic research) or impact (translational research)
Refer to the Thomson Reuters Web of Science site for information on impact factor.
If several outstanding entries score similarly, additional considerations will include the following criteria:
- Number and importance of other recent publications by the same author
- Number of additional authors on the publication (listing fewer authors suggests a more significant contribution by each author)
- Quality of writing of the publication
2017 Award Recipients
2017 Outstanding Research Publication Award supported by the Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Fund
Spencer Wei, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Immunology
Mentor: James P. Allison, Ph.D., Chair, Immunology
Distinct Cellular Mechanisms Underlie Anti-CTLA-4 and Anti-PD-1 Checkpoint Blockade. (2017). Cell, 170(6), 1120–1133. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2017.07.024
2017 Outstanding Research Publication Award supported by the Heath Memorial Fund
Yugang Wang, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuro-Oncology - Research
Mentor: Zhimin (James) Lu, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Neuro-Oncology - Research
Gcn5 Coupled with the α-KGDH Complex Acts as a Histone H3 Succinyltransferase. Nature, In Press.
Questions regarding the Outstanding Research Publication Award competition should be addressed to email@example.com.