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WHSC News Releases for December 1999

December 9 '99 WINSHIP CANCER INSTITUTE NAMES NEW DIRECTOR Jonathan W. Simons, M.D., has been named director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, effective Feb. 1, 2000. A highly acclaimed physician-scientist in translational cancer research, Dr. Simons is the first investigator to successfully use human gene therapy to create clinically measurable immune responses against metastatic prostate cancer.  FULL STORY
December 15 '99 DISTINGUISHED CARDIOLOGIST-SCIENTIST NAMED CHAIRMAN OF MEDICINE  A cardiologist who is as well regarded for his groundbreaking research into the causes of heart disease as for his clinical expertise and administrative acumen has been named chairman of the Department of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine.

R. Wayne Alexander, M.D., Ph.D., the R. Bruce Logue Professor of Medicine, began his new post Oct. 20. He has for the past 11 years directed the Division of Cardiology within Emory’s Department of Medicine – a division that has yearly been ranked among the nation’s top 10 cardiology programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Dr. Alexander succeeds Juha P. Kokko, M.D., Ph.D., in the chairmanship.  FULL STORY
December 15 '99 STROKE TREATMENT WINDOW OPENS UP TO SIX HOURS, PER JAMA PAPER ON EXPERIMENTAL DRUG INJECTED DIRECTLY INTO BRAIN  Unlike other promising treatments for acute stroke that improve recovery if administered within three hours of symptom onset, a report in the Dec. 1 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) describes a treatment which offers significant long-term benefits if administered up to six hours after symptom onset.  FULL STORY
December 15 '99 NEW EMORY SPECIALTY CENTER STRIVES TO PROTECT CHILDREN FROM ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH HAZARDS  Although the health of American children has vastly improved over the past 100 years, due largely to vaccinations and to better nutrition, toxic environmental hazards threaten to rival infectious diseases as a scourge of children’s health in the 21st century.

A new Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) recently formed at Emory University creates a network of physicians and healthcare facilities dedicated to helping protect children from the ill effects of the environment. The new PEHSU at Emory is one of five new centers nationwide funded by the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC). The Center at Emory will serve children, families, health care providers and public agencies throughout the Southeast. Other PEHSUs are based in Seattle, Chicago, New York and Boston. FULL STORY

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