Coleman honored with Blue Faery Award

William B. Coleman, PhD, Director of Graduate Studies, is one of two recipients of the third annual Blue Faery Award (BFA) for Excellence in Liver Cancer Research.

Coleman honored with Blue Faery Award click to enlarge William B. Coleman, PhD

The awards are given by Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association to recognize medical professionals who develop innovative research in the fight against primary liver cancer, which currently has no cure. Primary liver cancer, also known as hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), is the third leading cause of cancer deaths worldwide.

Dr. Coleman's laboratory is involved several major projects, including investigations related to the molecular pathogenesis of cancer and investigations related to the biology of liver stem-like progenitor cells.

Andrea Wilson started Blue Faery in honor of her sister, Adrienne, who died of HCC only 145 days after her diagnosis at the age of 15. Blue Faery announces the recipient of the BFA on April 8 - Adrienne’s birthday. She would have been 25 years old this year. Dr. Coleman will receive $2,000. Founded in 2002, Blue Faery is the only nonprofit organization in the United States solely devoted to fighting HCC. The mission of Blue Faery is to prevent, treat and cure primary liver cancer, specifically hepatocellular carcinoma, through research, education and advocacy.

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