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[August 15, 2008]

Dr. Gerald Soff Honored by Israel Cancer Research Fund


The Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) presented Gerald A. Soff, MD, chief of the Division of Hematology and Oncology, with the organization’s Elliott Osserman Award for Distinguished Service in Support of Cancer Research.

Dr. Soff received the award in recognition of his three years of service on ICRF’s scientific review panel. ICRF’s mission is to harness Israel’s scientific talent to find a cure for cancer.

The award was named in honor of Elliott F. Osserman, MD, who was one of ICRF’s scientific founders and the first chairman of ICRF’s Scientific Advisory Board. He was internationally renowned and honored for his scientific research on the diseases multiple myeloma and amyloidosis.

“It has been a great privilege and opportunity to participate in the Israel Cancer Research Fund scientific review panel,” says Dr. Soff. “I have had the chance to work with some of the world's leading cancer scientists, to help our Israeli colleagues further their research into new understandings and treatments for cancer. Through my participation in this program, I have gained an improved appreciation for the state-of-the-art research being conducted by our Israeli colleagues, and also was able to support their work.”



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