Paul Bunn, Jr., MD, FASCO, distinguished professor at the University of Colorado Cancer Center and James Dudley Professor of Lung Cancer Research at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has been named the 2016 David A. Karnofsky Memorial Award and Lecture recipient, a prestigious award presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) Annual Meeting. Dr. Bunn’s distinguished career in lung cancer research includes more than 320 peer-reviewed articles, 200 reviews and 90 book chapters. He has been principal investigator on many national and local clinical trials and is the principal investigator on the NCI’s CU Cancer Center SPORE grant in lung cancer, designed to speed the progress of new treatments from basic research to clinical use. Dr. Bunn served as ASCO President from 2002 to2003, as president and CEO of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, chairman of the FDA Oncology Drug Advisory Committee, and is the founding director of the CU Cancer Center.
“I view this award as an honor but also as an indication of progress in the field of lung cancer,” Bunn says. “In the last decade, molecular therapies and immunotherapies have improved outcomes for lung cancer patients considerably. New screening protocols and methods have reduced mortality. And getting people to stop smoking has made a huge impact. I view this award as a tribute to those people who made these advances in prevention, early detection, pathology, staging and treatment.”