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UCLA Cancer Researcher Wins Prestigious Gold Medal from the American College of Radiology

Honoree, Dr. Lawrence W. Bassett of UCLA
ACR will present its highest honor to Bassett on May 15, 2011 at its annual, national conference in Washington, D.C.

“I’m very proud to be recognized by my peers for my contributions to breast imaging and radiology,†Bassett said. “Receiving this award is an incredible honor for a radiologist.â€

Bassett is the Iris Cantor Professor of Breast Imaging in the Department of Radiological Sciences and a long-time Jonsson Cancer Center scientist. He serves as director for breast imaging at UCLA, a position he has held since 1976. He also served as director of the Radiology Residency Training Program at UCLA from 1978 to 1983 and from 1985 to 1990, and has been assistant dean for Student Affairs in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA since 1985. Bassett has been vice chair for Academic Affairs in the radiology department since 2006.

Bassett focuses his research on breast cancer screening and improving the quality of mammography and other breast imaging technologies on the national level. With collaborators, Bassett is working to address the national shortage of breast imaging specialists by training breast imaging fellows using a year-to-year grant from the Avon Foundation. To date, his team has trained 78 breast imaging fellows across the country in a fellowship program that has been recognized as the first in the United States.

UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center has more than 240 researchers and clinicians engaged in disease research, prevention, detection, control, treatment and education. One of the nation’s largest comprehensive cancer centers, the Jonsson center is dedicated to promoting research and translating basic science into leading-edge clinical studies. In July 2010, the Jonsson Cancer Center was named among the top 10 cancer centers nationwide by U.S. News & World Report, a ranking it has held for 10 of the last 11 years.

For more information on the Jonsson Cancer Center: http://www.cancer.ucla.edu.

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