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UT MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho elected to National Academy of Sciences
Date:5/2/2012

Houston - The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center President Ronald DePinho, M.D., has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) - one of the most prestigious accolades in the United States bestowed in the field of science and engineering.

DePinho is the first member of the MD Anderson faculty to be recognized with this distinction.

The NAS is a private, nonprofit society of distinguished scholars engaged in scientific and engineering research. Established in 1863 by President Abraham Lincoln, the NAS has served to "investigate, examine, experiment, and report upon any subject of science or art" whenever called upon to do so by any department of the government.

DePinho was elected along with 83 other members and 21 non-voting foreign associates from 15 countries. Currently, there are 2,152 active NAS members and 430 foreign associates. Nearly 200 living NAS members have won Nobel Prizes. Among the NAS's most famous members were Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Thomas Edison, Orville Wright and Alexander Graham Bell.

"I'm thrilled beyond words," says DePinho. "It's recognition of the enormous dedication and talent of the trainees that have been in my lab. I have been incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by great people at great institutions throughout my career. Most importantly, this is an award recognizing the personal and scientific support of my wife, Dr. Lynda Chin."

DePinho was nominated by three NAS current members.

"DePinho's work on telomeres and checkpoints established that telomere attrition can have dual effects in human cancer by driving tumor suppression or enhancement, depending on genetic background," according to the academy citation. "His work also uncovered the mechanism for the increasing risk that advancing age confers on the development of the common human epithelial malignancies."

DePinho is internationally recognized for basic and translation
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Contact: Laura Sussman
lsussman@mdanderson.org
713-745-2457
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
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