New Discoveries and Honors in Cancer Research

Read the latest cancer research and recognition from the members of the Damon Runyon scientific circle.
October 21, 2019
Damon Runyon Alumni Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

Three Damon Runyon alumni are among the 100 newly elected members of the National Academy of Medicine. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Edwin (Ted) G. Abel, PhD (Former Fellow ’93-’96), of Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, is recognized for pioneering work in defining the molecular mechanisms of long-term memory storage and identifying how these processes go awry in neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders.

Julie A. Segre, PhD (Former Fellow ’97-’00), at the National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, is recognized for pioneering whole-genome sequencing to track the transmission of fully antibiotic resistant Gram-negative bacterium during a deadly hospital outbreak.

Catherine J. Wu, MD (Former Clinical Investigator ’07-’12), of Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, is recognized for pioneering the design and implementation of personalized genomics-guided cancer immunotherapy that focused on vaccination strategies to address the challenges of cancer heterogeneity and evolution.

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