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    Dr. Veena Rao Receives 2011 Mario Toppo Distinguished Scientist Award

    Dr. Veena Rao Receives Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America
    2011 Mario Toppo Distinguished Scientist Award

    (l-r) Dr. Veena N. Rao, Dr. Debapriya 
    Dutta, and Dr. Avadhesh Sharma

    Veena N. Rao, Ph.D., professor in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, co-director of the Cancer Biology Program, and Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar, is the recipient of the 2011 Mario Toppo Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America (ASIOA).  Presented at the 29th annual banquet on April 11, 2011 in Washington DC, the award recognizes an outstanding senior scientist of Indian origin for contribution to the sciences.  Dr. Rao (the first woman scientist to receive this award) research focuses on how BRCA1 dysfunction causes cancer health disparities in African American women with triple negative breast cancers (TNBC).  Ms. Meera Shankar, the Honorable Ambassador of India was the Chief Guest.

    About the Association of Scientists of Indian Origin in America (ASIOA)

    ASIOA is a non-profit organization and its mission is to promote professional interaction among biomedical scientists of Indian origin living in America, Canada and India.  Its purpose is to promote fellowship among scientists of Asian Indian Origin, to act as a scientific and educational society, to establish open channels of communication among all scientists, and to act as a fraternal organization and a charitable association.

    The Association is an outcome of the aspirations of hundreds of scientists of Indian origin who attend annual or other periodic national meetings of various professional societies appropriate to their interest and yet have had no mechanisms to discuss or exchange matters of mutual interest or even extend fellowship while in attendance at these meetings. The Association aspires to act as a fraternal organization for all scientists of Indian origin. Professional Scientists group have joined ASIOA as a Division. These Divisions organize their own Division meetings during annual conventions most appropriate to their discipline. At present we have several Divisions operative.

    To provide a forum for interaction of scientists in different disciplines and to stimulate frequent activities at a local level, the Association has established local chapters in major metropolitan areas and at places where there is enough interest in the activities of the Association. These chapters organize a variety of activities such as seminars, lectures and reception to fellow scientists visiting from India.

    The Association aspires in promoting and facilitating a scientist exchange program with India. We also wish to extend all we can in furthering the scientific developments in India.  For more information, visit the ASIOA website.