Two early career researchers honored by Prostate Cancer Foundation


The Prostate Cancer Foundation has honored two UCLA researchers, Dr. Amar Kishan and Dr. Jeremy Shelton, with PCF Young Investigator awards as part of their 2019 class.

Kishan is the vice chair of clinical and translational research and chief of the genitourinary oncology service at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. He recieved the 2019 ASTRO — PCF Career Development Award to End Prostate Cancer. Kishan’s research focuses on using radiation to treat genitourinary malignancies, like cancers of the prostate and bladder, as well as malignancies of the head and neck. He is a past recipient of the 2019 ARRO Teacher of the Year Award, a 2019 JCCC Seed Grant and the 2018 ROI Publication Award.

Shelton, assistant professor of urology at the medical school, received the 2019 Igor Tulchinsky — PCF VAlor Young Investigator Award. He is currently developing a prostate cancer data repository to support implementation of precision oncology care and research in the VA. Clinical infrastructures will be developed to streamline delivery of individualized care to VA patients and match patients with precision medicine clinical trials.

Founded in 1993, the Prostate Cancer Foundation is the world’s leading organization dedicated to the research and eradication of prostate cancer. It provides funding to researchers from all over the world, across hundreds of institutions, cancer centers and universities. Its Young Investigator Awards program identifies future research leaders, generally age 35 and younger, in the field of prostate cancer and provides them with career and project support.