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Ti Li Loo - Interview 1

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Descriptive Summary

Collection: Making Cancer History Voices Oral History Collection
Interviewee: Loo, Ti Li
Interviewer: Brunet, Lesley Williams
Title: Ti Li Loo Interview 1
Date: August 29, 2001
Abstract: An oral history with Ti Li Loo and Lesley W. Brunet.
Collection Id.: OH-LooTL-20010829
Original Format: Audiocassette
Format: 1 streaming video file and 1 interview transcript
Interview Length: 2 hours
Language: Materials are in English
Repository: Historical Resources Center, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Biographical Note

Dr. Ti Li Loo, PhD was born in Changsha, China, in 1918. He received his bachelors degree in science from Tsing Hua University in Peking in 1940 and his doctorate in pharmacology from Oxford University in 1947. He was married to Marie, a mathematician, and they had three children. Dr. Loo came to MD Anderson in 1965 after working at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He became a Professor of Developmental Therapeutics (Pharmacology) and founded the first Section of Pharmacology. During his 20 years at MD Anderson, Dr. Loo researched over 50 chemical compounds to determine their effectiveness in the fight against cancer. He has authored or co-authored over 160 papers and was awarded the Jeffrey A. Gottlieb Memorial Award in 1987 for his outstanding contributions to cancer therapeutic research. Dr. Loo retired from MD Anderson in 1985, at which time he became a research professor in pharmacology at George Washington University School of Medicine as well as a consultant in developmental therapeutics at NCI. Dr. Loo passed away on October 9, 2007.

Interview Abstract

Dr. Ti Li Loo, PhD, discusses with Lesley W. Brunet his 20 year career in pharmacology research at MD Anderson. After retiring from MD Anderson, Dr. Loo moved to Bethesda, MD with his wife, where he became a research professor in pharmacology. The interview took place at the Hilton in Washing and Towers Hotel in Washington, DC on August 29, 2001.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons): Loo, Ti Li
Clark, Randolph Lee, 1906-
Zubrod, C. Gordon (Charles Gordon), 1914-
Frei, Emil, 1924-
Freireich, Emil J., 1927-
Howell, Clifton
Subjects (Organizations): National Cancer Institute (U.S.)
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center -- history
Subjects: Antineoplastic Agents
Drugs, Investigational
Drug Evaluation, Preclinical
Drug Evaluation
Clinical Trials as Topic
Neoplasms -- therapy
Hospitals, Special
Laboratories, Hospital
Pharmacy Service, Hospital
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Houston (Tex.)
Oral History

Administrative Information

Provenance: Dr. Ti Li Loo and Leslie W. Brunet on August 29, 2001 in Washington, DC.
Preferred Citation: Ti Li Loo Interview 1, August 29, 2001, Research Medical Library, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Processing Information: Oral history was edited by Elvira Lynn Alayon, UNT Intern, Summer 2011.

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