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Dr. Veena N. Rao, Professor and Co-Director of the Cancer Biology Program, Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar in the Department of OB/GYN at Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, is the recipient of the 2011 Mario Toppo Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America (ASIOA) at their 29th annual banquet held on April 11 in Washington DC. Ms Meera Shankar, the Honorable Ambassador of India was the chief guest.
This award recognizes an outstanding senior scientist of Indian origin for contribution to the sciences. She is the first women scientist to receive this award. Rao’s research focuses on how BRCA1 deregulation causes breast cancer health disparities in African American women with triple negative breast cancers (TNBC). ASIOA is a non-profit organization and its mission is to promote professional interaction among biomedical scientists of Indian origin living in America, Canada and India and its current secretary is Dr. Prasad Dhulipala.