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MD Anderson honors 2 champions for women in medicine and research
Date:3/13/2014

HOUSTON -- Two champions of gender equality in medicine and research will be honored by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center at 4 p.m., today in MD Anderson's Onstead Auditorium.

Laurie Glimcher, M.D., the Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean of Weill Cornell Medical College and provost for medical affairs of Cornell University since 2012, will receive the 2014 Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award. She will speak about endoplasmic reticulum stressors in disease.

Thomas Burke, M.D., executive vice president of MD Anderson Cancer Network, will be honored with the President's Leadership Award for Advancing Women Faculty. His remarks will address gender inclusiveness.

Glimcher is noted immunologist, advocate

Glimcher joined Weill Cornell from Harvard, where she was one of the first women professors awarded tenure. She is a renowned immunologist. Her primary research interests are molecular pathways that regulate CD4T helper cell development and activation, work that has led to important advancements in understanding immune function.

As president of the American Association of Immunologists, she founded the Primary Caregivers Technical Assistance Programs, known as the Glimcher Initiative, at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program, which she also helped establish at Harvard, supports postdoctoral women scientists with child care responsibilities by providing additional funds for laboratory assistance. Under Glimcher's leadership, Weill Cornell opened an on-site child care center last year.

"I am thrilled and deeply humbled to be the 2014 recipient of the Margaret L. Kripke Legend Award," Glimcher said. "I've dedicated my career to supporting and recognizing women physicians and scientists so they can not only succeed, but go farther than they ever thought they could. I'm proud of the progress we've made in nurturing women leaders in the biomedical sciences and excited for what we can accompl
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Contact: Scott Merville
smerville@mdanderson.org
713-792-0661
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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