Published on March 29, 2005
St. Louis Physician Selected for College of American
Pathologists Foundation 2005-06 Scholars Program
Northfield, IL.—The College of
American Pathologists Foundation (CAPF) has awarded Omar Hameed, MBChB,
of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, a $25,000 fellowship
as part of CAPF 2005-06 Scholars Award Program.
Dr. Hameed will receive one of three awards from this national scholarship
program. Kenichi Tamama, MD, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh Medical
Center, and Neil MacDonald Renwick, MD, PhD, of Columbia University in
New York, are the other award recipients. The Scholars Award Program provides
fellowships for advanced training in the science of pathology.
The CAPF Scholars Award enables young medical investigators to develop
independent and productive research careers by providing $25,000 in salary
support for one year of pure research. Research and educational advances
supported by the CAPF Scholars Award benefit both the research and clinical
communities by keeping talented investigators and practicing pathologists
in the "pipeline" for tomorrow's discoveries. The program promotes
talent in pathology, advances productive investigation, and encourages
young pathologists to pursue academic medicine.
Dr. Hameed’s project titled: “Indoleamine Dioxygenase (IDO)
Expression Levels and Relationship to Clinicopathological Features and
Survival in Breast Cancer” researches the inhibition of IDO and
its possible relationship to stage of mestastis and potential survival
for breast cancer patients. This research is likely to have important
consequences for new treatment therapies to help improve outcomes of breast
“Many breast cancer patients either don’t respond to or are
not eligible for particular treatment regimens,” Dr. Hameed said.
“I am thrilled to receive this grant from the College, which will
help in my work to create new therapeutic options for patients. ”
Dr. Hameed received his medical degree from Baghdad University School
of Medicine in Iraq, did an internship at the Medical City Teaching Hospital
in Baghdad and residencies at Jordan University of Science and Technology,
Irbid, Jordan, St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York
and the Washington University Medical Center. He is currently serving
a surgical fellowship in pathology at Washington University Medical Center.
Through annual conferences, publications and special events, the CAPF
promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of
pathology services to patients, to expand medical research and funding
of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Program,
and to encourage leadership through sponsorship of the annual Herbert
Lansky Memorial Award and the CAP Foundation Young Leader Awards.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP)
is a medical society that serves nearly 16,000 physician members and the
laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest
association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered
the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for
high quality and cost-effective patient care.