CENtER pROfILE ...................7 Lisle Nabell

sCIENtIst pROfILE ............ 10 Kent Keyser

sURVIVOR pROfILE ..............14 Dennis Gregg

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thiS iS A SPeciAL yeAr for the uAB

comprehensive cancer center. We celebrate

our 40th anniversary, having become one of

the original National cancer institute (Nci)-

designated comprehensive cancer centers in

1971 after President richard Nixon declared the

“war on cancer.” We have continued to contrib-

ute substantially to the world’s understanding

of cancer and translated that knowledge into

prevention, early detection, treatment and ulti-

mately survivorship.

in this issue of UAB Comprehensive Cancer

Center, we focus on some of our major discover-

ies that have already made or will make a major

impact on cancer care. With more than 350

basic, clinical and cancer prevention and control

scientists, the uAB comprehensive cancer

center will continue to have a major influence

on uAB, the region and the nation.

We are particularly grateful for public support

and philanthropy, which are critical to our mis-

sion. this support allows us to recruit promising

new scientists and to provide pilot funding to

demonstrate that their new, innovative ideas can

make a difference. this allows them to be com-

petitive for funding from the National institutes

of health, the American cancer Society and

other foundations.

We soon will begin moving into our newly

renovated cancer center building (formerly

Wallace tumor institute) on the corner of 19th

Street and 6th Avenue South. during this 40th

anniversary celebration, we will demonstrate

our progress over the last 40 years and our

promise of what is to come. We will also thank

you, our supporters, for your steadfast support

and dedication over the past four decades of

truly amazing accomplishments.

you also will notice that our magazine has a

new title. though the name has changed, we

look forward to still delivering the news and

information you have come to expect from this

great publication.

Edward Partridge, M.D. Director and Evalina B. Spencer Chair in Oncology

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There are a variety of ways to give to the UAB

Comprehensive Cancer Center. All donations

are tax-deductible as allowed by law and

may be designated for the cancer or research

area of your choice. Every dollar stays here in

Birmingham and is directly applied to cancer

research and treatment.

Donations may be made by visiting the

Cancer Center’s Web site,,

or by calling the Office of Development and

Community Relations at (205) 934-1603.


For a free subscription to UAB

Comprehensive Cancer Center, please call

(205) 934-0321 or send an e-mail with your

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contents 2011 • Volume xxVII • Number 1 UAB COMpREhENsIVE CANCER CENtER

Director edward e. Partridge, m.d.

Deputy Director Boris Pasche, m.d., Ph.d.

Associate Directors etty Benveniste, Ph.d. mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.d. Wendy demark-Wahnefried, Ph.d., r.d. martin heslin, m.d. mansoor Saleh, m.d.

Director Emeritus and Advisor to the Director Albert F. LoBuglio, m.d.

senior Advisor Kirby i. Bland, m.d.

Associate Director for Administration michael Bertram, Ph.d., m.B.A.


senior Director Sherri van Pelt, m.P.A., otr/L

Director of Development Jeannie horton

Director of Education and supportive services teri hoenemeyer, m.S.h.A.

Director of Communications and public Relations Julie Wall, J.d.

Editor, Communications and publications Josh till

Manager, special Events and Board Relations miranda Wesley

Media Relations specialist Beena thannickal

program Administrator, gifts Katy Smith

program Manager, Volunteer Relations callie dunaway

UAB Comprehensive CAnCer Center mAgAzine

senior Editor Julie Wall, J.d.

Editor Josh till

Medical Advisor edward e. Partridge, m.d.

project Manager caperton gillett

writers caperton gillett Josh till

Art Directors ron gamble Jessica huffstutler

Copy Editors caperton gillett Josh till

photographers Josh till Steve Wood

production traci Bratton

printing uAB Print Plant

Produced by the Office of Development and Community Relations in collaboration with the UAB Periodicals Group.

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Celebrates 40 Years of Progress and Promise

of Discoveries: Four Decades

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