Conquer Cancer announces 2021 WWCC Mentorship Awards

Vicki Kilpatrick
Left to right: Dr. Lorna Renner, straight black hair, wearing a pink shirt and clear glasses, smiling; and Dr. Jennifer Ligibel, blonde wavy hair, wearing a maroon jacket, smiling.

Left to right: Lorna Awo Renner, MBChB, MPH, FRCPCH, FGCPS; Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, FASCO

Alexandria, Va. – Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation, is pleased to announce Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, FASCO, is the Hologic, Inc Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award recipient and Lorna Awo Renner, MBChB, MPH, FRCPCH, FGCPS, is the 2021 International Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award recipient.

The 2021 Women Who Conquer Cancer (WWCC) Mentorship Awards recognize female leaders in oncology who are role models and mentors to women training to be cancer clinicians, educators, or researchers. WWCC supports and celebrates the women dedicated to advancing the discoveries of oncology’s emerging female leaders.

Dr. Ligibel is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living, as well as the director of the Center for Faculty Well-Being at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where her research focuses on the impact of lifestyle interventions, such as physical activity and weight-loss interventions, on breast cancer outcomes. Dr. Ligibel has served as a project leader in the National Cancer Institute’s Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Centers Initiative and has also served as a member of the advisory board of an annual TREC workshop for trainees and early-career scientists interested in energy balance and cancer. This program has allowed her to mentor and train the next generation of researchers.

Dr. Renner of the University of Ghana Medical School in Accra, Ghana, is a lecturer at the University and head of the Paediatric Oncology Unit at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Dr. Renner is a mentor to several young women in the Paediatric Oncology Fellowship Programme she began under the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons. Through her work with mentees, Dr. Renner hopes to help fight disparities for women in oncology, particularly in Ghana, where there is a shortage of pediatric oncologists.

The honorees, who were selected from a remarkable group of nominees, will be recognized during the ASCO Annual Meeting June 4 - 8, 2021. ASCO will also honor Special Award Recipients who have worked to transform cancer care around the world.


The 2021 ASCO and Conquer Cancer WWCC Mentorship Awards are supported by:

Hologic, Inc for the Hologic, Inc Endowed Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award; Eisai Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline Oncology for the International Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award.

This list reflects donors as of April 21, 2021.