Cori Lecture Presented At Roswell Park

Friday, July 17, 2009

BUFFALO, NY – Nahum Sonenberg, PhD, will present the Cori Lecture at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) Wednesday, July 22, from 8 – 9 am in the David C. Hohn, MD Lecture Hall, Research Studies Center, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY. The lecture is open to the public.

The Cori Lecture honors Drs. Carl and Gerty Cori, the Nobel-Prize winning researchers who served on the faculty of RPCI from 1922 to 1933. Dr. Sonenberg, a James McGill Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, will present “Translational Control of Cancer.” Dr. Sonenberg’s research interest has been to understand the importance of the control of protein synthesis in biology and medicine. He investigates the importance of translational control in cancer, obesity, innate immunity, and learning and memory. He also has had a long-term interest in virology, studying poliovirus, rhinoviruses, and HIV.Dr. Sonenberg was awarded the Robert L. Nobel Prize from the National Cancer Institute of Canada in 2002. He is an International Research Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and has been a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada since 1992. In 2006, Dr. Sonenberg was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and The Royal Society, United Kingdom.

While at Roswell Park, the Coris initiated work on the chemistry of the glycogen-glucose cycle. This work earned them the 1948 Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine. With this honor, Gerty Cori became the first American woman and the third woman in the world to be awarded the Nobel Prize. Dr. Carl Cori presented the first Cori Lecture at RPCI in 1968.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

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