UAB Professor Louise Chow Elected to National Academy of Sciences LOUISE T. CHOW, PH.D., professor in the UAB Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and Cancer Center senior scientist, has been elected a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her excellence in original scientific research. Membership in the NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the United States.

Dr. Chow, elected along with 84 new members and 20 other foreign associates, is the only member from the state of Alabama and only the second elected from UAB. There are 2,152 active NAS members. Among the NAS s renowned members are Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell. Nearly 200 living academy members have won Nobel Prizes.

This recognition has been a long time coming, says Tim Townes, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics. Louise has a lifetime of excellent scientific work. The National Academy could not have elected a more deserving scientist or a better person.

WARNER K. HUH, M.D., professor in the UAB Division of Gynecologic Oncology and Cancer Center senior sci- entist, has been named a recipient of the American Cancer Society 2012 Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award. He was one of 11 cancer-care providers nation- wide honored recently during the organi- zation s annual board meeting in Dallas.

The award recognizes individuals who have made a difference through innova- tion, leadership and consistent excellence in providing compassionate, skilled care and counsel to individuals living with cancer and their families. Open to nomi- nations by patients and their families, the award sheds light on the critical role that outstanding caregivers play in the healing process.

I am honored and humbled by this award, as the real heroes in the fight against cancer are my patients and their families, Dr. Huh says. They all serve as my inspiration for making a palpable difference in cancer care, whether it is fighting the disease through cancer research, through treatment or with pub- lic policy.

Huh Receives Distinguished 2012 ACS Lane Adams Quality of Life Award

SHIH-HSIN (EDDY) YANG, M.D., PH.D., assistant professor in the UAB Department of Radiation Oncology and Cancer Center associate scientist, was recently awarded the AACR-Genentech BioOncology Career Development Award for Cancer Research at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in April. The two-year, $100,000 award represents a joint effort to encourage and support junior faculty who are in the first four years of a faculty appointment to advance the field of cancer research on the human epidermal growth factor receptor family pathway and to establish successful

career paths in this field. Dr. Yang s award will fund research inves-

tigating novel DNA-repair independent mechanisms of breast tumor susceptibility to PARP inhibitors, a highly publicized new class of compounds that target tumor cells that are defective in repairing damage to their DNA. Using pilot funding from the UAB Breast Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence grant, Dr. Yang s lab uncovered exquisite susceptibility of certain breast cancer cells to PARP inhibitors as a single agent despite being able to repair damaged DNA.

Yang Receives Prestigious AACP Career Development Award

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