We are honored to welcome cancer researcher Dr. Patrick Hwu to the Achieving Optimal Health Conference this year. Dr. Hwu is considered one of the leading tumor immunologists in the country, and has greatly contributed to the development of novel vaccine and adoptive T-cell therapies. His laboratory and clinical work have led to insights and advances in the understanding of the interactions between tumors and the immune system, and the development of cellular immunotherapies.
Dr. Hwu was recruited to be the first Chairman of the Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology in 2003 at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Since that time, he has also served as Associate Director of the Center for Cancer Immunology Research and is the current Chair of MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Promotion and Tenure Committee.
Dr. Hwu is a frequently requested national and international lecturer, and has published more than 90 peer-reviewed articles. Dr. Hwu is the recipient of numerous awards such as the George and Barbara Bush Endowment for Innovative Cancer Research in 2004, the Robert R. Herring Professorship in Clinical Research 2004 – 2007, the Moshe Talpaz Endowed Chair in Immunology from 2007 to present, and the Division of Cancer Medicine Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Mentor of the Year for FY2009, just to name a few.