Dr. Denise Aberle, professor of radiology and bioengineering in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, was honored with the Joseph W. Cullen Prevention/Early Detection Award by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer for her contributions in the prevention of lung and other thoracic cancers.

The award is given annually to scientists in honor of their lifetime achievement in the prevention of thoracic malignancies.

Aberle, vice chair for research in radiological sciences and a researcher in the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, led the national lung screening trial to help determine whether imaging-based techniques are effective for the early detection of lung cancer. Aberle and her team found that that administering CT scans for high-risk smokers significantly reduced the number of lung cancer deaths. The results of the study eventually led to new screening guidelines for lung cancer, which is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women.

Aberle will be recognized at the organization’s annual World Conference on Lung Cancer on Sept. 7 in Barcelona, Spain.