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  Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman lecture
Researchers to gather for Life Sciences symposium
'Cancer Insights: Molecules to Medicine'

Top cancer researchers from across the country will discuss their latest findings at the Life Sciences Institute's (LSI) fourth annual symposium May 12, entitled "Cancer Insights: Molecules to Medicine."

Dr. Charles Sherr of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will address the symposium as the honorary Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Life Sciences Lecturer. Sherr is recognized for having made major strides towards identifying key factors that regulate cell growth, and for his insights into the role of tumor suppressing proteins. He co-discovered the gene ARF that works to stop cell growth or, in some cases, trigger the death of a cell in response to harmful conditions.

He received the Landon-AACR Prize for Cancer Research in 2003, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and has numerous other awards and honors.

The full-day program also will include noted cancer researchers: Allan Balmain, professor at the Cancer Research Institute and of biochemistry at the University of California (U.C.), San Francisco; Dr. A. Thomas Look, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at Harvard University; Dr. Barbara Weber, vice president of translational medicine and genetics, oncology at GlaxoSmithKline; Dr. Todd Golub, director of the Cancer Program at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Renata Pasqualini, professor of medicine and cancer biology at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; and Dr. Charles Sawyers, director of the Prostate Cancer Program, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at U.C., Los Angeles.

The symposium, which is open to the public, will be held 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in Forum Hall at Palmer Commons.

The Colemans made a significant leadership gift in 2004 endowing a variety of efforts across the University, including the Mary Sue and Kenneth Coleman Life Sciences Institute Lecture Fund, which was inaugurated last year by Nobel Laureate Peter Agre, professor of biological chemistry and medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

For a detailed schedule of events and more information on the institute, go to:

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