Emory Report
September 22, 2008
Volume 61, Number 5



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September 22, 2008

Richard D. Cummings, William Patterson Timmie Professor and Chair of Biochemistry in the School of Medicine, has been selected as the winner of the 2008 Karl Meyer Award from the Society for Glycobiology.

The award is given annually to a scientist who has made widely recognized major contributions to the field of glycobiology, the study of the structures and functions of complex carbohydrates. A pioneer in the field, Cummings’ work relates to inflammation and human genetic diseases. In addition, Cummings’ group has helped promote new technological developments in the field.

Lisa Flowers, associate professor of gynecology, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, received $100,000 from the Prevent Cancer Foundation to fight the human papillomavirus (HPV) though education.

The “Con Amor Aprendemos-With Love We Learn” program will train “promotoras” or community health care workers to educate Latino couples about HPV and its consequences. Promotoras also will learn to help couples adopt behaviors that reduce the risk of HPV transmission.

Flowers created the program with the assistance of the American Cancer Society.

Michael M.E. Johns, University chancellor and executive vice president for health affairs, emeritus, was appointed by the Secretary of Defense to serve as a member of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Board of Regents.

USU is the nation’s federal school of medicine and graduate school of nursing and educates active-duty uniformed officers dedicated to career service in the Department of Defense and the U.S. Public Health Service.

The regents’ role is to advise the university in academic medicine and biomedical research as they relate to the needs and aspirations of the uniformed services.