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November 6, 2018 - Dr. Marie Migaud receives 2018 Mayer Mitchell Award for Excellence in Cancer Research

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MOBILE, Alabama (11/06/2018) -- Mobile cancer researcher Marie Migaud, Ph.D., has been named the recipient of the 2018 Mayer Mitchell Award for Excellence in Cancer Research.

The award, announced November 6, 2018,  is presented annually to a promising scientist at USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute upon the recommendation of a faculty committee. It includes a $10,000 prize. The award was established in 2009 by University of South Alabama Trustee Arlene Mitchell in memory of her late husband, Mayer Mitchell, a Mobile businessman, longtime USA trustee and formative figure in the establishment of MCI.

Dr. Migaud, a professor of oncologic sciences at MCI, focuses her research on developing tools to probe the cellular function of B vitamins and their role in disease development and progression. Her work is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

She joined MCI in November 2016 and has submitted at least 12 grant applications during her tenure.

Dr. Migaud praised MCI's unique environment in which researchers and physician-scientists all work together under one roof toward a common goal. "I interface with clinicians constantly," she said. "These research collaborations make MCI special."

Dr. Migaud's lab investigates questions such as:

  • What effect does not having enough vitamin B3 have on a person's health?
  • If we get too much or not enough of the vitamin, how will our cells experience metabolic, genetic or epigenetic (gene activity and expression) change?
  • What are the implications of the use of vitamin B3 for cancer treatment?

Prior to joining MCI, Dr. Migaud served as a professor in Medicinal and Biological Chemistry for the School of Pharmacy at Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland-UK. She was also a Levitt Visiting Professor in the department of Biochemistry at the Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa.

About USA Mitchell Cancer Institute

As the region's only academic cancer center, USA Health Mitchell Cancer Institute combines NIH-funded scientific research with comprehensive cancer care serving communities across southern Alabama, southeast Mississippi and portions of northwest Florida. With three locations, more than 50 clinical trials, and five support groups, the Mitchell Cancer Institute guides patients and their families from the moment of diagnosis through survivorship.

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