Sahaja Acharya, M.D., a radiation oncologist at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has received a 2020 Career Development Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology Conquer Cancer foundation.
The award provides research funding to clinical investigators who have received their initial faculty appointment as they work to establish an independent clinical cancer research program. This research must have a patient-oriented focus, including a clinical research study or translational research involving human subjects.
Acharya’s research focuses on using novel techniques to preserve neurocognition in childhood cancer survivors.
"Addressing neurocognitive impairment after cranial radiation is one of the greatest challenges we face," Acharya said. "This grant will allow us to study potential ways to mitigate this impairment by limiting radiation to brain substructures that are particularly susceptible to radiation injury and responsible for key cognitive functions."
Acharya joined the faculty of St. Jude in 2017. She earned bachelor's degrees from Stanford University and is a graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at Washington University in St. Louis.
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