Dr. Jennifer Grandis Wins American Cancer Society Innovation Award

March 21, 2022
Jennifer Grandis, MD, professor at UCSF OHNS

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Grandis, MD, of the Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF OHNS), was recently awarded a Fostering Innovation Award for American Cancer Society professors! Dr. Grandis is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, the American Association of Physicians and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Dr. Grandis received the award for a proposal related to Diversity in Cancer Research Institutional Development. The application proposed a partnership between Howard University Cancer Center, an eminent HBCU, Dr. Grandis and UCSF OHNS's Daniel Johnson, PhD, to focus on disparities in cancer research.

The proposal describes Dr. Grandis and Dr. Johnson's plan to provide:

  1. Scientific mentoring of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees
  2. Career mentoring of junior and mid-career faculty
  3. Advice and support in creating a robust scholarly community
  4. Assistance with selection of pilot grant awardees
  5. Support of research progress reviews

"It is hugely important that we work to increase workforce diversity in cancer research and throughout medicine," says Dr. Grandis. "I am honored and excited to have the chance to work with trainees and faculty at Howard University to advance cancer research."

From all of us at UCSF OHNS, congratulations, Dr. Grandis!