Each year, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance honors researchers, survivors, and advocates for their work on behalf of our cause.
The Cindy Melancon Spirit Award commends and honors an individual for his or her commitment to the ovarian cancer community. The award is named after Cindy Melancon, a founder of the former Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and creator of the CONVERSATIONS! newsletter. The award has been given to many outstanding leaders in the ovarian cancer community throughout the years.
2017 – Annie Ellis and Susan Leighton
2016 – Robin Cohen
2015 – Carey Fitzmaurice
2014 – Helen Palmquist
2013 – Kathleen Maxian
2012 – Program Participants of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s Survivors Teaching Students:
Saving Women’s Lives® Program
2011 – Diane Rader O’Connor
2010 – Susan Lowell Butler
2009 – Kolleen Stacey
2008 – Carolyn Benivegna
2007 – Betty Reiser
2006 – Joan Summer
2005 – Gayle McKenna
2004 – Sandi Pniauskas
2003 – Christina Carr
The Teal Champion Award recognizes outstanding achievements by an organization and/or individual working to end ovarian cancer, while raising awareness of the disease and caring for the people affected by it.
2017 – Frieda and Gary Weeks, Hope for Heather
The Rosalind Franklin Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Research Award is named for the molecular biologist Dr. Rosalind Elsie Franklin, who played a vital role in discovering the structure of DNA. Her career was cut short in 1958 when she died of ovarian cancer at age 37. Throughout her life, she was a committed researcher; this award honors an individual who continues her legacy of excellence.
2017 – Ronny Drapkin, MD, PhD
2016 – Jeff Boyd, PhD
2015 – Beth Karlan, MD
2014 – Anil Sood, MD
2013 – Elizabeth Swisher, MD
2012 – Ronnie Alvarez, MD
2011 – Robert Allen Burger, MD
2010 – George Coukos, MD, PhD
2009 – Nicole Urban, ScD
2008 – Robert Bast, MD
2007 – Deborah Armstrong, MD
2006 – Elise Kohn, MD
2005 – Barbara Goff, MD
The Ann and Sol Schreiber Research Prize for Outstanding Mentored Investigators is awarded to a previous OCRFA research grantee who can best demonstrate that he or she has been able to impact the field of ovarian cancer research by making a significant discovery, making an important contribution to the literature, or transitioning to a full-time faculty position.
2017 – Juan Cubillos-Ruiz, PhD
2016 – Anirban Mitra, PhD
The Carolyn Pultz Brown Leadership Award is bestowed upon an outstanding community leader who has the capacity to influence others and has made a great impact on the ovarian cancer community. The award honors Carolyn Pultz Brown, the mother of our President Emerita Terri McKnight, who died of ovarian cancer in 2007.
2016 – The 2016 Advocate Leaders: Kerie Berkowitz, Dr. Jan Byrne, Leslie Cancelliere, Terri Colclough, Elise Daniel,
Kimberly Emory, Rebecca Esparza, Jewel Figueras, Laura Forte, Sharon Geiselman, Kristen Hovorka, Tracy Keith,
Jennifer Lane-Reifler, Susan Leighton, Kathleen Maxian, Sandra Morgen, Marcie Paul, Mary Pegg, Mary Phillips,
Janice Swierczek, Jill Tanner, Rakeisha Thomas and Frieda Weeks.
2015 – Senator Dianne Feinstein
2014 – Representative Michael Fitzpatrick (R-PA)
2013 – Linda Koteen
2012 – Dennis Oziel and Robert Ferriday III
2011 – Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ)
2010 – Patricia C. Modrow, PhD
2009 – Diane Paul
2008 – Karen Mason
2007 – The Entire Ovarian Cancer Community
2006 – Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)
2005 – Grassroots Champion Sheryl Silver
2004 – Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT)
2003 – California State Representative Deborah Ortiz
The Liz Tilberis Research Prize for Outstanding Early Career Investigators is awarded to an individual who can best demonstrate that he or she has used prior OCRFA funding to impact the field of ovarian cancer research by obtaining independent extramural funding, and making important contributions to the literature.
2016 – Rugagng Zhang, PhD