Doris Duke Award to Gewirtz

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Alan M. Gewirtz

Alan M. Gewirtz, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Pathology, has won a $3 million Doris Duke Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award for Excellence in Bench to Bedside Research, one of four winners this year. He won for his project, “Nucleic Acid Therapeutics for Human Leukemia,” an example of his work in translating a basic scientific discovery into clinically useful therapies for patients with blood formation disorders. The money will be distributed over a five-year period to support Gewirtz’s work.

Institute of Medicine

Two Penn faculty members are among the 55 scientists elected to the Institute of Medicine this year for their major contributions to health and medicine or to related fields.

Loretta Sweet Jemmott, Ph.D., FAAN, RN, Associate Professor of Nursing, is director of the School of Nursing Center for Urban Health Research, which aims to improve the health of inner-city people. The Centers for Disease Control has selected a Jemmott-led HIV prevention program for teens as a national model.

David W. Kennedy, M.D., is Professor and Chairman of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery in the School of Medicine. Kennedy’s areas of expertise and interest include sinus surgery and minimally invasive skull base surgery.

Originally published on December 2, 1999