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Richard D. Klausner, M.D., director of the National Cancer Institute(NCI), will speak about current issues in cancer research on Wed., March 4, at 4 p.m., in the Emory University Hospital Auditorium. Klausner will appear at Emory as part of the Winship Cancer Center's Elkin Distinguished Lectureship Series.

In August 1995, President Clinton appointed Klausner as the 11th director of the National Cancer Institute, the largest of the 17 institutes that make up the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. As director, Klausner leads a national cancer research program impacting funding for NCI-based research and for research in universities, medical schools, cancer centers, research laboratories and private firms nationwide.

Klausner has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, including the Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Federation of Clinical Research and the William Damashek Prize for major discoveries in hematology. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1993 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1995. He has served as an editor or on the editorial boards of several scientific journals, including Chemistry and Biology, Analytical Chemistry and The New Biologist, and has authored textbooks on medical immunology and internal medicine.

Klausner's own research illustrated general and novel mechanisms for the regulation of complex genetic networks in human cells. Most recently, he collaborated with NCI scientists to study the VHL gene and its role in the development of kidney cancer.

Klausner earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his M.D. from Duke Medical School. He was a fellow in internal medicine at the Duke Medical Center from 1976 to 1977. Dr. Klausner worked at NIH's National Institute of Arthritis, Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney diseases from 1981-1984, when he became chief of the Cell Biology and Metabolism Branch at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

The Winship Cancer Center's Elkin Distinguished Lectureship Series is funded through the Nell Warren and William Simpson Elkin Foundation. It is designed to bring nationally and internationally recognized eminent scholars to Emory to speak about cancer research and exchange ideas with Emory faculty and students.


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