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Date: December 1, 2004

Honors and Awards


Donald Coffey, Ph.D., Catherine Iola and J. Smith Michael Professor of Urology, received a 2003 Distinguished Recognition Award from the Society of Urological Oncology. He also has been selected to give the Ferdinand C. Valentine Lecture and receive the Valentine Medal at the American Urological Association meeting in New York in June 2004.

Nancy Davidson, M.D., Vered Stearns, M.D., and Richard Zellars, M.D., received nearly $700,000 from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation for studies of the drug anastrozole for breast cancer prevention and partial breast radiation following lumpectomy as opposed to whole-breast radiation.

Jean Ford, M.D., received an award from the West Harlem Environmental Action (WEACT) in October along with former New York City Mayor David Dinkins. The award recognized those that started a now prominent program of community-based participatory research.

Sidney Kimmel was presented the Anti-Defamation League’s 2003 Americanism Award. Kimmel was honored for his commitment to cancer research, the performing arts, and Holocaust education with gifts totaling more than $420 million through the Sidney Kimmel Foundation and the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research.

Drew Pardoll, M.D., Seraph Professor in Oncology, has received $2.27 million for immunotherapy research. The gift is part of a shared $2.8 million commitment to Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic for collaborative research on cancer.

Ben Ho Park, M.D., Ph.D., was named a 2003 V Foundation Scholar and recipient of a $100,000 award. The foundation, which supports promising young scientists, is named for NCAA Basketball coach and Hall of Famer Jim Valvano who died of cancer in 1993.

Donald Small, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of oncology, pediatrics, and cellular and molecular medicine, was one of just six recipients of a 5-year, $750,000 Translational Research Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Small’s proposal is “Translating FLT3 inhibition into improved therapy for pediatric acute myeloid leukemia and pediatric acute lymphocytic leukemia.”

Johns Hopkins investigators Nicholas Gaiano, Ph.D., Mark J. Levis, M.D., Akhilesh Pandey, M.D., Ph.D., and Roberto Pili, M.D., were among the 2003 Kimmel Scholars awardees. The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research funds the Kimmel Scholars Program, which each year, provides research grants to the nation's most promising young cancer researchers.

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