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Gomez-Manzano named 2024 Oldham faculty award recipient

June 04, 2024
Elizabeth Murphy/MD Anderson UTHealth Houston Graduate School

Candelaria Gomez-Manzano, MD

MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences faculty member Candelaria Gomez-Manzano, MD, has been named the recipient of the 2024 D. Dudley and Judy White Oldham Faculty Award.

Gomez-Manzano is a professor in the Department of Neuro-Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and is affiliated with the Cancer Biology program. Her laboratory performs research aimed at finding a cure for patients suffering from malignant gliomas and brain metastases through viroimmunotherapy.

Gomez-Manzano also serves as director of the Brain Tumor Research Seminars, which have a fundamental educational component in the Brain Tumor Research Program. Recently, Gomez-Manzano was elected a Fellow by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS).

“Educational work is normally performed away from the spotlight, so the recognition of the D. Dudley and Judy White Oldham Award has filled me with renewed enthusiasm and gratitude for my educational calling,” said Gomez-Manzano. “Such a great honor has also reminded me of the importance of this rewarding work and granted me the motivation to continue performing it with the utmost dedication. It means so much to me to work with amazing individuals like my colleagues at the Graduate School and the superb students who make our lives meaningful and provide hope for a better future for patients with cancer.”

The Oldham Faculty Award was established in 2018 by D. Dudley and Judy White Oldham to recognize faculty members who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in leadership and service. It comes with a $4,000 prize and a commemorative plaque. Gomez-Manzano will be presented with the award at the annual Fall Faculty Meeting on Sept. 19.

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