Dr. Jeffrey Rosen, professor and the Charles C. Bell Professor of molecular and cellular biology at Baylor College of Medicine, was awarded the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Distinguished Lecture in Breast Cancer Research yesterday at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The award, given annually, recognizes outstanding science that has inspired or has the potential to inspire new perspectives on the etiology, diagnosis and treatment or prevention of breast cancer.

With this award, the AACR honors Rosen’s leadership in breast cancer research and celebrates his seminal contributions to the understanding of normal mammary gland biology and alterations that in occur in breast cancer.

“Developing and utilizing breast cancer preclinical models will be important in personalizing and modifying treatment options, particularly in terms of combining therapies and employing immunotherapy in the treatment of metastatic disease,” Rosen said. “This is an exciting honor, and it is particularly memorable to receive it here at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.”

The Rosen lab at Baylor is focused on identifying and advancing an understanding of the mechanisms regulating normal development of the mammary gland, and determining how these mechanisms have deviated in breast cancer.

Rosen also is a co-leader of the Breast Program in the NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at Baylor.