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By City of Hope | April 15, 2020
City of Hope’s cancer and diabetes leaders have won a series of important awards recently, including induction into the 2020 class of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellows and the Edwin L. Bierman Lectureship by the American Diabetes Association (ADA).
 
The award recipients are:
 
Larry Kwak
Larry Kwak, M.D., Ph.D., vice president and deputy director of City of Hope’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, was inducted into the 2020 class of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellows. Election to the AIMBE College of Fellows is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer. Kwak is a world-renowned physician and scientist who has pioneered breakthrough innovations in immunology and cancer vaccines. His latest research is on the first CAR T cell therapy targeting the B cell-activating factor receptor on cancerous cells with the goal of using it in patients who have relapsed after CD19 immunotherapy treatments. It could also potentially be used as a first-line of CAR T cell therapy treatment.
 
 
 
 
 
 
breakthroughs - rama Natarajan
Rama Natarajan, Ph.D., professor and chair in the Department of Diabetes Complications & Metabolism at City of Hope, was awarded the Edwin L. Bierman Lectureship by the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The award and lecture recognizes a leading scientist in the field of macrovascular complications and contributing risk factors in diabetes. Natarajan is a leader in the field of diabetes-related vascular complications and a pioneer in diabetes epigenetics. She was among the first scientists to discover the role of epigenetic changes and noncoding RNAs in promoting diabetic vasculopathy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Eileen Smith
Eileen Smith, M.D., was selected by the Los Angeles Business Journal (LABJ) as one of the Top Women Leaders in Healthcare. In its inaugural year, this award sets out to highlight women who have displayed exemplary leadership as evidenced by the highest professional and ethical standards, and for contributions to the health and well-being of the Los Angeles community at large. In October 2019, Smith was appointed the new leader and chair of the renowned Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope, where she will lead the department into the next phase of translating revolutionary discoveries into life-changing treatments.