04/21/2005

Cancer Cell Biology Expert to Highlight WVU Health Sciences Research Day April 29

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Cancer cell biology expert Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D., will be the distinguished visiting lecturer at West Virginia University’s annual Health Sciences Research Day, Friday, April 29. She will present “Role of Stem Cells in Cancer Metastasis” at noon on Friday in the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center Auditorium.

Dr. Hendrix is the president and scientific director of Children’s Memorial Research Center and professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate education at Shepherd College (now Shepherd University), W.Va. She received her Ph.D. in anatomy and cell biology from George Washington University and her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) postdoctoral fellow.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Hendrix back to West Virginia to share her expertise during our Research Day events,” said John E. Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine. “With such a high prevalence of cancer among West Virginians, the physicians, scientists, faculty and students at the Health Science Center are committed to finding new, innovative ways to treat this disease. We look forward to learning more about Dr. Hendrix’s research in cancer cell biology.”

Known for her cutting-edge research, Dr. Hendrix has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles. Her research has included identification of genes that contribute to cancer metastasis or other diseases that exhibit similar pathological characteristics as the spread of cancer. Her laboratory has defined important structure/function relationships that provide the foundation for the design of new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of cancer. In collaboration with the National Human Genome Research Institute at NIH, she has generated unique molecular classifications of specific tumors resulting in new prognostic markers and novel targets for therapeutic intervention.

Dr. Hendrix’s talk is one of the highlights of two days of research-related events at WVU. On Thursday, April 28, student researchers who participate in WVU’s E.J. Van Liere Research Convocation will give oral presentations on their projects from 9-11:30 a.m. in the HSC’s Hostler Auditorium. 

The Van Liere awards are named for an early WVU medical dean and physiology researcher, and are presented every year to the most promising student research conducted at the HSC.

Dr. Hendrix will participate in a number of informal conferences with various WVU research faculty both Thursday and Friday. From 8-11 a.m. on Friday, she will join students and faculty at the Erickson Alumni Center for a breakfast/brunch, where the student researchers will present their work in a poster session.           

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
casew@rcbhsc.wvu.edu
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