Baylor College of Medicine's Dr. Margaret Spitz has been named the recipient of the Association of American Cancer Institute's 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award.

She will be presented with the award Oct. 15 during the 2012 Association of American Cancer Institute/Cancer Center Administrators Forum annual meeting in Chicago.

A renowned expert in cancer epidemiology, Spitz is a professor in the NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at BCM, in the Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences program. Prior to joining BCM in 2009, Spitz had a 27-year career at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where she was the founding chair of the Department of Epidemiology.

The association's award recognizes Spitz's extraordinary scientific accomplishments and her contributions to the cancer center and cancer research communities.

She has performed innovative molecular and genetic epidemiology research, including a focus on inter-individual variation in susceptibility to tobacco carcinogenesis.

Following the award presentation, Spitz will present a special keynote talk on integrative epidemiology at the association's annual meeting.