Emory Report

February 23, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 22

NCI director Klausner to give
annual Elkin cancer lecture

Richard Klausner, director of the National Cancer Institute, will speak March 4 about current issues in cancer research as part of the Winship Cancer Center's Elkin Distinguished Lectureship Series. The series brings eminent scholars in cancer research to campus to lecture and exchange ideas with Emory faculty and students.

President Bill Clinton appointed Klausner in 1995 as the 11th director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the largest of the 17 entities that make up the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.

As director Klausner leads a national cancer research program, affecting funding for NCI-based research and for research in universities, medical schools, cancer centers, laboratories and private firms nationwide.

He 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.

Klausner's own research illustrates mechanisms for the regulation of complex genetic networks in human cells. Most recently, he collaborated with NCI scientists to study a genetic basis for kidney cancer.

-Susan Stewart

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