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Date: Monday, June 30, 2008

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Elwood Jensen Honored at World Cancer Congress
The accomplishments of Elwood Jensen, PhD, Distinguished University Professor and George and Elizabeth Wile Chair in Cancer Research, were recently celebrated at a special two-day symposium of the World Cancer Congress in Shanghai, China. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Jensenís discovery of the estrogen receptorís role in breast cancer. A pioneer in endocrinology and breast cancer, Jensen had a rapid, direct and lasting impact on the treatment and prevention of breast cancer. He won the 2004 Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for his contributions to cancer research. The Lasker Awards are known as "America's Nobels," largely because of the extremely rigorous nomination and selection process conducted by a jury of the world's top scientists.

LeMasters Honored With Research Award
Grace LeMasters, PhD, professor of environmental health, has been awarded the 2008 Lymphoma Foundation of America Award for outstanding work in cancer epidemiology. The foundation specifically cited her work on cancer risk among firefighters, published in the November 2006 Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. LeMasters and her team found that firefighters are significantly more likely to develop four different types of cancer than workers in other fields: testicular, prostate, non-Hodgkinís lymphoma and multiple myeloma. Their findings suggest that the protective equipment firefighters have used in the past didnít do a good job in protecting them against cancer-causing agents they encounter in their profession. The foundation praised LeMasters for bringing public awareness to the important problem of occupational exposures and their relationship to disease.

Environmental Health Researchers Receive Grants
Two individuals from the environmental health department have recently received funding from the U.S. Department of Defenseís Breast Cancer Research Program for basic science research. Saikumar Karyala, a senior research associate, has received a $75,000 Breast Cancer Concept Award. He will use the funding to study dysregulated miRNA-mRNA interactions as a therapeutic opportunity for breast cancer. Monica Summe, a graduate student in the lab of department chair Shuk-Mei Ho, PhD, has been awarded a $90,000 Pre-doctoral Traineeship Award to study maternal diabetes in utero and transgenerational breast cancer risk.

Microbial Pathogenesis Center Pilot Project Names Funding Recipients
Four faculty members have been named recipients of research support funding from the Microbial Pathogenesis Center Pilot Grant awards. The recipients are Andrew Herr, PhD, Richard Thompson, PhD, and William Miller, PhD, all of molecular genetics, and Jochen Mattner, MD, of immunobiology. Awards ranged from $20,000 to $40,000. The date for the next round of applications will be announced in the fall. For more information, contact Marsha Wills-Karp at (513) 636-1339.

Urban Health Project Summer Recap
Students involved with the Urban Health Project will share their unique summer experiences from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, in Kresge Auditorium. The Urban Health Project is a student-run, nonprofit organization that offers eight-week summer internships to first-year medical students. Its goal is to educate students on how cultural, socioeconomic and environmental factors affect local health care delivery and basic health education. For more information, e-mail or visit


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