Massey post-doctoral student recognized for his research at annual Women’s Health Research Day

VCU Institute for Women's Health award

Akimitsu Yamada, Ph.D., (middle) received an award for his research on breast cancer.

Akimitsu Yamada, Ph.D., a VCU Massey Cancer Center post-doctoral student was recently recognized for his research at the Virginia Commonwealth University Institute for Women’s Health Ninth Annual Women’s Health Research Day, a networking opportunity celebrating and promoting excellence in interdisciplinary women’s health research.

Yamada’s poster, “Human breast cancers that co-express sphingosine kinase 1 and ABCC1 have significant shorter disease free survival,” received the Elizabeth Fries Young Investigator Award. This award was created in memory of Elizabeth Fries, Ph.D., who served as a co-leader of Massey’s Cancer Prevention and Control research program, VCU psychology professor and director of research for the VCU Institute of Women’s Health. The honor is given to a young researcher who shows promise in improving women’s health.

In addition to the Elizabeth Fries award, Yamada was also awarded for the best poster in his poster category: clinical research.