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Kastan to Give Falk Memorial Lecture on November 8

By Eddy Ball
November 2007

Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecturer Michael Kastan (Photo courtesy of Michael Kastan and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)

The 2007 Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture Series will feature a talk on November 8 at 2:00 p.m. in Rodbell Auditorium by Michael B. Kastan, M.D., Ph.D. Kastan is Cancer Center director in the Department of Oncology at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. He will speak on "DNA Damage Response Mechanisms: Implications for Human Disease."

The talk, hosted by Acting Deputy Director Bill Suk, Ph.D., is the twenty-third in the annual series and is part of the NIEHS 2007-2008 Distinguished Lecture Series. In addition to his work on DNA damage response, Kastan's research interests include molecular oncology and molecular therapeutics, radiation biology, tumor suppressor genes, determinants of chemosensitivity and radiosensitivity, and genetic predisposition and environmental contributions to cancer. The Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture Series was initiated by scientists and friends of Falk, the first scientific director at NIEHS, to showcase scientists who have made distinguished contributions to the environmental health sciences. Falk was an internationally known cancer researcher, environmental health science authority, and one of the founding members and shaping forces at NIEHS.

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