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WELCOME the NEW SA CANCER COUNCIL DISTINGUISHED CHAIR in ONCOLOGY MINGJIANG XU, MD, PhD

We are pleased to announce the recent key leadership recruitment of Mingjiang Xu, MD, PhD, to the Mays Cancer Center. Dr. Xu will be the new holder of the SA Cancer Council Distinguished Chair in Oncology.

Dr. Xu received his medical degree from the Shandong University School of Medicine in China and his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in Japan. Since establishing his laboratory in 2007, he has maintained a strong commitment to the investigation of the causes of blood cancers. His research aims to define how genetic alterations and changes in the biological mechanisms that switch genes on and off influence the initiation and progression of blood cancers and to identify the biochemical mediators involved in these processes.

His ultimate goal is translating meaningful basic discoveries into the clinic for novel therapeutic approaches and improved clinical outcomes. In the past decade, his research findings have led to the exploration of several innovative preventive and therapeutic strategies for specific blood cancers. Dr. Xu has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers and served on multiple National Institute of Health (NIH) study sections and reviewing panels.

“It is a tremendous honor to join the faculty of the Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson and be appointed as the new holder of this prestigious endowed chair. I greatly appreciate the immense support of the SA Cancer Council. With this generous endowment, I will continue developing experimental frameworks for the discovery of the causes of blood cancers and define their mechanisms of action. The Council’s support will enable and facilitate our endeavors to develop novel therapies and improve patient care for blood cancers in the unique population of South Texas, with its large underserved Hispanic and aging populations,” said Dr. Xu.

Dr. Xu will be introduced at our SA Cancer Council Lunch & Learn and Annual Board
Meeting (open to all Council members) to be held on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Mays Cancer Center in the Mabee Conference Room (4th floor Grossman Building). Please mark your calendars to attend and meet our new endowment holder in person.

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