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American Society for Microbiology honors Steven A. Rosenberg

Washington, DCMay 28, 2008The 2008 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Abbott Laboratories Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology is presented to Steven A. Rosenberg, Chief of Surgery, National Cancer Institute, Professor of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and Professor of Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Sponsored by Abbott Laboratories Diagnostics Division, this award recognizes a distinguished scientist in clinical or diagnostic immunology for outstanding contributions.

Dr. Rosenberg has devoted his life to the understanding and treatment of cancer. His major achievements include the development of interleukin-2 as the first effective immunotherapy for cancer, identification of more than two dozen human cancer associated antigens used in studies of cancer immunology and immunotherapy, identification of tumor infiltrating lymphocytes and the use of these cells in adoptive immunotherapies for cancer, and the first clinical studies of gene therapy against cancer an accomplishment which stimulated worldwide development of gene therapy. Dr. Rosenberg has received more than 40 national and international awards recognizing his contributions. His recent honors include the 2006 American Surgical Association Medallion for Scientific Achievement, the 2007 Sergio Lombroso Award in Cancer Research from the Weizmann Institute of Science, and the 2007 Statesman Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Rosenberg received his B.A. and M.D. from The Johns Hopkins University and his Ph.D. in Biophysics from Harvard University.

The Abbott Laboratories Award in Clinical and Diagnostic Immunology is presented during the 108th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), June 1 June 5, 2008 in Boston, Massachusetts. ASM is the world's oldest and largest life science organization and has more than 43,000 members worldwide. ASM's mission is to advance the microbiological sciences and promote the use of scientific knowledge for improved health and economic and environmental well-being.


Contact: Garth Hogan
American Society for Microbiology

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