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Colleagues Honor Chancellor Bishop's Life in Science

By Lisa Cisneros, UCSF Today | March 8, 2006

Friends and colleagues have organized "An Unexpected Life in Science: A Symposium in Honor of J. Michael Bishop," a two-day event beginning Thursday, March 9.

The two-day symposium, featuring talks by current and former UCSF faculty members, will convene in the Robertson Auditorium at the Mission Bay Conference Center at the new UCSF Mission Bay campus.

Bishop has received numerous honors and awards during his 37-year career at UCSF. He won the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine and the 1982 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, prizes that he shared with Harold Varmus for research that led to the discovery of proto-oncogenes -- normal genes that can be converted to cancer genes by genetic damage. This work improved understanding that all cancer probably arises from damage to normal genes and provided new strategies for the detection and treatment of cancer.

Varmus will give the keynote address at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10. Former director of the National Institutes of Health, Varmus has served as chief executive officer of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City since January 2000.

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