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Blackburn, Elected AACR President, Will Give Faculty Research Lecture

By UCSF Today | April 13, 2009

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has announced that Elizabeth Blackburn, PhD, the Morris Herzstein Endowed Chair in Biology and Physiology in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at UCSF, has been elected to be the president of the organization.

In addition, at UCSF tomorrow, Blackburn will deliver the 52nd Faculty Research Lecture at 3:30 p.m. in Cole Hall on the Parnassus campus.

Blackburn will serve for one year as president-elect of AACR, commencing with the AACR annual meeting, which begins this weekend. She will serve as president for a one-year term beginning at next year's annual meeting.

"The queen of the telomeres," Blackburn is a UCSF researcher whose investigations of lowly pond scum nearly three decades ago spawned a whole new field of biology that now has grown large enough to warrant its own major symposia, international meetings and scientific retreats.

Blackburn's appointment is a testament to the way her basic studies in biology have proved relevant to understanding cancer and to developing new cancer treatment strategies, as well as to her experience in policymaking circles.

"We are at an exciting time in the war on cancer," Blackburn says. "I am honored and privileged to be elected president of the AACR, and especially so at this time in the history of cancer research, because the understanding of cancer that has now been reached has great potential for the benefit of cancer patients.

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