09/21/2009

Abraham to be installed as first Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Jame Abraham, M.D., will be installed as the first Bonnie Wells Wilson Distinguished Professor and Eminent Scholar in Breast Cancer Research at West Virginia University on Oct. 2.

Abraham is chief of Hematology/Oncology at WVU and medical director of the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center.

The professorship was made possible by a $5 million gift to the Cancer Center from Jo and Ben Statler in 2007.

Dr. Abraham, who founded and leads WVU’s Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program, is principal investigator for more than 10 clinical trials.  His research is widely published in leading cancer journals, and he also co-edits the Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology, one of the best-selling handbooks in oncology.

Abraham’s research in chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction has earned him the reputation as an expert on chemobrain.  He and his team were one of the first to identify the underlying cause of chemotherapy’s effect on memory problems.

His initial research at the National Institutes of Health focused on developing new drugs to overcome drug resistance in patients with cancer.  Abraham was the study chairman of one of the first human trials of the drug ixabepilone, which was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of advanced breast cancer in 2007.

Since joining WVU, Abraham has been principal investigator of more than 25 breast cancer clinical trials and currently leads an effort to develop a statewide clinical trials network.

He has received several national and international awards as well as the Clinician of the Year award and the Outstanding Faculty award from the WVU Department of Medicine.

Abraham will give a talk, “Patient Centered Breast Cancer Treatment: Lessons from India-Bethesda-West Virginia,” during the installation.

The professorship is one of two endowed positions funded by the Statlers.  J. Michael Ruppert, M.D., Ph.D., was installed as the first Jo and Ben Statler Chair and Eminent Scholar in Breast Cancer Research during the April celebration of the Cancer Center’s expansion.  Their gift also established the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program, named in honor of Mrs. Statler’s late mother.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
johnsa@wvuh.com
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