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Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, an internationally recognized expert in health disparities research, has received the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Distinguished Lecture on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities award.
The award, sponsored by Susan G. Komen, honors an investigator with a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment or prevention of cancer health disparities.
Ramirez is the leader of Salud America! at UT Health San Antonio.
Ramirez has more than 30 years of experience developing robust health communication models, research interventions, community outreach, public and scientific speaking engagements, and training of young minds. Her studies and programs have contributed to reduced cancer and disease among Latinos, including cancer risk factor identification, clinical trial accrual, tobacco prevention and cessation, obesity prevention, and more.
“I am humbled by this tremendous distinction from two great organizations, AACR and Susan G. Komen, for our ongoing efforts to reduce cancer health disparities among Latinos,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez, as part of the award, delivered a keynote lecture at the AACR conference, the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved Conference, on Sept. 25, 2016, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Dr. Ramirez also will lead a panel on Latino health disparities at the conference on Sept. 26, 2016.