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SCOPY AwardDawndy Mercer-Plank, Dr. March Seabrook, and Dr. Raj Vasudeva receive SCOPY awards from the American College of Gastroenterology for their work to educate the public about the importance of getting a colonoscopy.  Dawndy received the SCOPY Media Champion Award for her coverage of her colon prep party held in March with the CCCR.  Dr. Vasudeva received the SCOPY award for the "Best Original Event Concept and Community Engagement" for his idea and participation in the colon prep party.  Dr. Seabrook received the Grand SCOPY award for "Individual Leadership and Advocacy for Colorectal Cancer Prevention in South Carolina".  Congratulations!

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Igor Roninson brought 10 scientists and Senex Biotechnology, a cancer drug discovery company, to the University of South Carolina in 2011 when he was named the new SmartState Endowed Chair in Translational Cancer Therapeutics. But the South Carolina College of Pharmacy professor, who was named a Breakthrough Leadership in Research awardee by the Office of the Vice President for Research, was just getting started in building infrastructure that would enhance cancer research throughout the state.

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DavidEagertonDr. David Eagerton’s interest in colon cancer began when he was a grad student in college, where Center for Colon Cancer Research (CCCR) Director Frank Berger was his mentor.  Although he later ended up studying toxicology, colon cancer came into his life again when his wife was diagnosed at the early age of 32.  “We were very fortunate because we caught it early” says David.  “She is a colon cancer survivor.”

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