First presented in 2007, this award was created to honor the profound contributions of Dr. Gianni Bonadonna, who made several pioneering contributions to the field of oncology.

The award recognizes an active clinical and/or translational researcher with a distinguished record of accomplishments in advancing the field of breast cancer and with exceptional mentoring abilities. The research conducted by the award recipient should have had a practice-altering effect on the field of breast cancer diagnosis or treatment. The award is not restricted to any particular country or subspecialty within the realm of breast cancer medicine.

The award is presented during the ASCO Annual Meeting and the recipient is highlighted in ASCO Daily News, on the ASCO website and in other Annual Meeting publications. The recipient is invited to deliver a 30-minute lecture on a pertinent topic in the field of breast cancer. The lecture will be recorded with ASCO support in advance of the Annual Meeting and made available to all Annual Meeting attendees. ASCO may, in some situations, invite the recipient to deliver the lecture as part of an Annual Meeting session.

The award consists of a $5,000 honorarium, a commemorative plaque, and support to the recipient to attend the Annual Meeting in the year the award is conferred.

Research Fellowship

The Award includes a research fellowship grant that will provide funding to a fellow in the institution of the award recipient. The fellow is selected by the Award recipient. The grant is for $50,000 for a period of one year and will fund an investigator (fellow) whose breast cancer research has a direct patient-oriented focus including clinical trials and/or translational research involving human subjects. The fellow is required to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting and receives support to attend the meeting.

The Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Award and the Gianni Bonadonna Breast Cancer Research Fellowship are supported by a grant from GlaxoSmithKline Oncology.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this award, a candidate

  • Must be an ASCO member
  • Must be active in the field of breast cancer research and run an active clinical and/or translational research program
  • Must be a distinguished lecturer
  • Has a proven track record in mentoring fellows and junior faculty
  • Must be able to incorporate a fellow into his/her group for a 12 month period

Full-time employees of pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies are not eligible. This award may only be awarded to an individual once. Please review the list of past recipients.

Selection

Candidates for the award are nominated by the ASCO membership and are considered by the Joint Special Awards Selection Committee. The Committee considers all nominations as they have been submitted; recommendations are then forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval.

ASCO Board Members and Officers are not eligible to receive Special Awards from the time they are elected through the end of the calendar year in which their Board terms conclude. Joint Special Award Selection Committee members are not eligible to receive Special Awards during their service on the Committee.

Please send all inquiries about this award to Special Awards.

2021 Recipient
Joseph A. Sparano, MD