Genomics Blog

June 20, 2012 8:45 PM
The Long and Sometimes Winding Road to Humanitarian of the Year
Filed Under: Mikenomics

Dr. Margaret Foti, BIO 2012 Humanitarian of the YearShe started out as an editorial assistant for the journal Cancer Research. Now Dr. Margaret Foti is the 2012 Biotechnology Industry Organization's Humanitarian of the Year and is CEO of the American Association for Cancer Research, right back where she started her path to becoming a researcher.  The award recognizes her tireless efforts to improve cancer research, her work as a cancer advocate and her ground-breaking work in the area of team science.  Dr. Foti is also known for leading AACR’s scientific partnership with Stand Up To Cancer, a charitable initiative that supports leading research aimed at accelerating new cancer treatments for patients.

And she did indeed appear to be tireless. I met her much earlier in the day when she first arrived in the building, full of energy and enthusiasm. The Convention Center in Boston is huge and she would be making the rounds, doing interviews, and speaking over the lunch hour. At 2:30 Dr. Foti was doing a video interview ( shown at left), before coming over to talk with me. The day had not yet drained out any of the energy or enthusiasm that had been there bright and early in the day, and she was all set for yet another round of questions.

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