March 11, 2005

Berlin honored for cancer clinical research efforts

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Jordan Berlin, M.D.

Berlin honored for cancer clinical research efforts

Jordan D. Berlin, M.D., assistant professor of Medicine, has received the Young Investigator Award by the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG), a network of researchers and clinicians that conduct multi-center cancer clinical trials.

ECOG presents the award each year to recognize outstanding contributions to research in the cooperative group, which is one of the largest clinical research organizations, with almost 6,000 physicians, nurses, pharmacists, statisticians and clinical research associates from the United States, Canada and South Africa.

In conjunction with the award, Berlin presented at ECOG's meeting in Tampa, Fla., on pancreatic cancer, one of Berlin's clinical specialties. In addition to being director of Vanderbilt's Clinical Gastrointestinal Program, Berlin is a medical oncologist specializing in gastrointestinal cancers including malignancies of the colon, rectum, anus, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, liver, gallbladder, pancreas and bile ducts.

Berlin's research focuses on novel therapeutics for GI cancers.

Funded largely by the National Institutes of Health, ECOG currently has more than 90 active clinical trials in all types of adult cancers. About 6,000 patients enter ECOG studies each year, and more than 20,000 patients are in follow up.