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The Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Award

The Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Award is conferred annually on a physician or scientist who has made distinguished contributions to cancer research. It is the oldest award conferred by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and its presentation highlights the annual Symposium on Fundamental Cancer Research.

Established in 1950, this award honors the late Ernst William Bertner, M.D., who was the first acting director of M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and the first president of the Texas Medical Center. The award is made possible by funds from the former Bertner Foundation and from M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The bronze Bertner Medallion symbolizes the twin goals of cancer research: prevention and cure. The hands of Hygeia emerge from a star to hold a bowl from which the serpent, ancient symbol of medical wisdom, is fed. The goddess Hygeia, daughter of Aesculapius, Greek god of medicine, represents hygiene and prevention of disease. The star denotes both the state of Texas and the Texan for whom the award is named.

The Ernst W. Bertner Memorial Award Recipients

Judah Folkman, M.D., 1997
James E. Darnell, Jr., M.D., 1996
Alfred G. Knudson, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., 1995
Andrew H. Wyllie, M.B., Ch.B., Ph.D., 1994
Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Ph.D., 1993
John W. Kappler, Ph.D., 1992
Philippa Marrack, Ph.D., 1992
Philip Leder, M.D., 1991
Donald Metcalf, M.D., 1990
Gertrude B. Elion, M.A., 1989
William J. Rutter, Ph.D., 1988
Frank H. Ruddle, Ph.D., 1987
David Baltimore, Ph.D., 1986
Leroy E. Hood, M.D., Ph.D., 1985
Stanley Cohen, Ph.D., 1984
Isaiah J. Fidler, D.V.M., Ph.D., 1983
Donald D. Brown, M.D., 1982
Takashi Sugimura, M.D., 1981
T. C. Hsu, Ph.D., 1980
Mortimer M. Elkind, Ph.D., 1979
Philippe Shubik, D.Phil., D.M., 1978
Isaac Berenblum, M.D., 1978
Beatrice Mintz, Ph.D., 1977
Howard E. Skipper, Ph.D., 1976
Michael Abercrombie, 1975
George H. Hitchings, Ph.D., 1974
George Klein, M.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), 1973
Howard M. Temin, Ph.D., 1972
Elizabeth C. Miller, Ph.D., 1971
James A. Miller, Ph.D., 1971
Boris Ephrussi, D.Sc., 1969
Sol Spiegelman, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), 1968
Harry Eagle, M.D., M.S. (Hon.), D.Sc. (Hon.), 1967
Alexander Haddow, Ph.D., M.D., D.Sc., 1966
Erwin Chargraff, Ph.D., 1965
Louis Harold Gray, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), F.R.S., 1964
Ludwick Gross, M.D., 1963
George D. Snell, Sc.D., 1962
Van Rensselaer Potter, Ph.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), 1961
E. V. Cowdry, Ph.D., D.Sc., 1960
Richard E. Shope, M.D., 1959
Jacob Furth, M.D., 1958
John J. Bittner, Ph.D., Sc.D. (Hon.), 1957
Joseph C. Aub, M.D., 1956
George Nicolas Papanicolaou, M.D., 1955
Frances Peyton Rous, M.D., 1954
Charles Benton Huggins, M.D., 1953
George Milton Smith, M.D., 1952
Fred Waldorf Stewart, M.D., 1951

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The Heath Memorial Award

The Heath Memorial Award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to cancer patient care through the clinical application of basic cancer knowledge. The award is conferred annually by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center at the Clinical Conference.

The late William W. Heath, a former chairman of The University of Texas System Board of Regents and past American ambassador to Sweden, and his wife Mavis established the award in 1965 in memory of Mr. Heath's brothers Guy H. and Dan C. The name of a third brother, Gilford G., was added after his death 3 years later.

The medallion for the Guy H., Dan C., and Gilford G. Heath Memorial Award symbolizes the care and protection of the cancer patient through the services of the physician, supported by research. Two central figures on the face of the medallion represent the physician tending his patient. Below the figures is the tree of life. To the left above them is the alpha superimposed on the omega, representing the continuing role of the physician in the care of his patients from birth to death. To the right of the figures is the retort, indicating the prominent part played by research in the physician's role as healer. All the figures and symbols emerge from the artist's interpretation of the sun, which represents life itself. The back of the medallion bears the inscription, "For Outstanding Contributions to the Care of Patients with Cancer."

The Heath Memorial Award Recipients
Michael B. Sporn, M.D., 1998
Victor A. Levin, M.D., 1997
Umberto Veronesi, M.D., 1996
Rona M. MacKie, M.D., D.Sc., 1995
Sidney J. Winawer, M.D., 1993
Saul Allen Rosenberg, M.D., 1992
Wallace H. Clark, M.D., 1991
Jerome B. Posner, M.D., 1990
Andrew V. Schally, Ph.D., 1989
William F. Enneking, M.D., 1988
Melvin L. Samuels, M.D., 1987
Charles G. Moertel, M.D., 1986
Felix N. Rutledge, M.D., 1985
Raymond Yesner, M.D., 1984
John L. Ziegler, M.D., 1983
Bernard Fisher, M.D., 1982
John F. Fowler, Ph.D., 1981
Phil Gold, M.D., Ph.D., 1980
Giulio J. D'Angio, M.D., 1979
Gerald P. Murphy, M.D., 1978
Georges Mathé, M.D., 1977
Franz M. Enzinger, M.D., 1976
Wataru W. Sutow, M.D., 1976
Elson B. Helwig, M.D., 1975
C. Gordon Zubrod, M.D., 1974
Leo G. Rigler, M.D., 1973
Gilbert H. Fletcher, M.D., 1972
William S. MacComb, M.D., 1972
Jerome W. Conn, M.D., 1971
Mary E. Switzer, B.A., 1970
David A. Karnofsky, M.D., 1969
Cushman Davis Haagensen, M.D., 1968
Sidney Farber, M.D., 1967
Hans-Ludvig Kottmeier, M.D., 1966

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The Jeffrey A. Gottlieb Memorial Award

The Jeffrey A. Gottlieb Memorial Award was established in 1975 to recognize physicians and scientists who have made outstanding contributions to cancer therapeutic research. The award was created to perpetuate the memory of Dr. Jeffrey A. Gottlieb, who himself made outstanding advances in the field of chemotherapy before losing a personal battle to cancer in 1975.

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center was fortunate to have been able to claim this outstanding clinician as one of its own for 5 years. Joining the M. D. Anderson staff in 1970, Dr. Gottlieb brought with him the dedication that quickly established his impeccable scientific reputation and earned him the title of administrative chief of the Chemotherapy Service in the Department of Developmental Therapeutics. In this capacity, Dr. Gottlieb devoted his efforts to seeking new insight into the use of chemotherapeutic agents administered to provide maximum benefits for cancer patients. His devotion to research was tempered by his compassionate devotion to his patients, who confidently placed their trust in him, and to his colleagues and students, who eagerly sought his advice and counsel.

There is no way to know what other contributions Jeffrey Gottlieb might have added to his already impressive list of advances in cancer chemotherapy had he been granted more time. The award that honors his memory in part recognizes that his indomitable spirit and determination continue in the hearts of others waging the war against cancer.

The Jeffrey A. Gottlieb Memorial Award is conferred at the annual Clinical Conference sponsored by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The Jeffrey A. Gottlieb Memorial Award Recipients
Robert B. Livingston, M.D., 1998
Charles B. Wilson, M.D., 1997
Karen H. Antman, M.D., 1996
Donald L. Morton, M.D., 1995
Samuel Broder, M.D., 1994
Bernard Fisher, M.D., 1993
Evan M. Hersh, M.D., 1992
Steven A. Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D., 1991
Paul Carbone, M.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), 1990
Georges Mathé, M.D., 1989
Robert S. Benjamin, M.D., 1988
Ti Li Loo, Ph.D., 1987
Howard E. Skipper, Ph.D., 1987
Lawrence H. Einhorn, M.D., 1986
C. Gordon Zubrod, M.D., 1985
Daniel E. Bergsagel, M.D., Ph.D., 1984
Edmund A. Gehan, Ph.D., 1983
Gianni Bonadonna, M.D., 1982
Emil J Freireich, M.D., 1981
Joseph H. Burchenal, M.D., 1980
James F. Holland, M.D., 1979
Frank M. Schabel, Jr., Ph.D., 1978
Emil Frei III, M.D., 1977
Vincent T. DeVita, Jr., M.D., 1976

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The Wilson S. Stone Memorial Award

The Wilson S. Stone Memorial Award was created in 1971 to recognize young researchers who have made outstanding contributions to biomedical sciences in the United States.

The award honors the late Dr. Wilson S. Stone, a brilliant researcher and educator who helped develop the sciences within The University of Texas System. A geneticist, Dr. Stone realized that one branch of science cannot develop fully without strength in related areas. That realization was the impetus for his diligent efforts to promote the growth of the broad area of zoology at The University of Texas.

In research as well as education and administration, Dr. Stone's brilliance was evident. In all his primary research areas--basic genetics, radiation genetics, speciation and population genetics--his work contributed significantly to the body of literature. His legacy is one of intensive, productive scientific work that serves as an inspiration for succeeding generations of young scientists.

The presentation of the award that honors Dr. Stone is made at the annual Symposium on Fundamental Cancer Research sponsored by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

The Wilson S. Stone Memorial Award Recipients

Peter C. Brooks, Ph.D., 1997
Ali Hemmati-Brivanlou, Ph.D., 1996
Nikola P. Pavletich, Ph.D., 1995
Junying Yuan, Ph.D., 1994
Andrew B. Lassar, Ph.D., 1993
Timothy J. McDonnell, M.D., Ph.D., 1992
Frank J. Rauscher III, Ph.D., 1991
William H. Landschulz, M.D., Ph.D., 1991
Eric R. Fearon, M.D., Ph.D., 1990
Christopher K. Glass, M.D., Ph.D., 1989
Jeremy Nathans, M.D., Ph.D., 1988
Bernd Robert Seizinger, M.D., 1987
Jeffrey Adam Drebin, M.D., Ph.D., 1985
Mary Ellen Harper, Ph.D., 1984
Ethan Arthur Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., 1983
Michael Rush Lerner, M.D., Ph.D., 1981
Marc S. Collett, Ph.D., 1980
Peter T. Lomedico, Ph.D., 1980
Craig W. Spellman, Ph.D., 1979
Bruce K. Duncan, Ph.D., 1978
Bosco S. Wang, Ph.D., 1977
Kathryn B. Horwitz, Ph.D., 1976
Ronald C. Merrell, M.D., 1974
Kathleen J. Dana, Ph.D., 1973
Michael F. Holick, Ph.D., 1972
Roberta M. Palmour, Ph.D., 1971

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The R. E. "Bob" Smith Lectureships

The purpose of the R. E. "Bob" Smith Lectureships is to bring to our campus distinguished scientists to enhance the educational activities of our graduate programs in immunology and cancer biology and, thus, to provide our fellows at the Smith Research Building with an opportunity for both formal and informal scientific exchange.

Ralph M. Steinman, M.D., 1998
Henry G. Kunkel Professor and Senior Physician
Laboratory of Cellular Physiology and Immunology
The Rockefeller University
New York, New York
"Dendritic cells and the control of immunity"

Eiichi Tahara, M.D., Ph.D., 1997
Professor and Chairman
First Department of Pathology
Hiroshima University School of Medicine
Hiroshima, Japan
"Molecular mechanism of stomach carcinogenesis: The application to clinical practice"

Judah Folkman, M.D., 1996
Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery
Professor of Cell Biology
Harvard Medical School
Director, Surgical Research Laboratory, Children's Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
"New regulatory mechanisms of angiogenesis"

The Mike Hogg Lectureship

Established in 1955 by Alice Nicholson Hanszen in memory of her first husband, the Mike Hogg Fund is dedicated to supporting medical research and education and to providing "medicine and hospital care and attention for worthy and deserving persons" within the state of Texas.

The annual lectureship honoring Mr. Hogg was established in 1958. Dr. Arthur Kornberg, a Nobel laureate who delivered the first lecture the following year, exemplified the superior caliber of the scientists and physicians chosen to receive this honor in subsequent years.

Alfred G. Gilman, M.D., Ph.D., 1998
Department of Pharmacology
The University of Texas
Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, Texas

Thomas R. Cech, Ph.D., 1997
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Colorado
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Boulder, Colorado

Phillip A. Sharp, Ph.D., 1996
Department of Biology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Robert and Esther Stadtler Lectures

These lectures are part of the BRUT lecture series sponsored by the Biochemistry departments of Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University, and The University of Texas. The 2 lectures per year feature eminent scientists presenting information above the level of regular research seminars.

William J. Lennarz, Ph.D., 1998
Professor and Chairman
Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, New York
"The molecular basis of gamete interactions at fertilization"

David E. Housman, Ph.D., 1997
Professor of Biology
Center for Cancer Research
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
"Molecular and functional consequences of mutation at the myotonic dystrophy locus"

Eric R. Kandel, M.D., 1997
Center of Neurobiology and Behavior
Columbia University
College of Physicians and Surgeons
New York, New York
"Genes, synapses and long-term memory"

Gerald M. Rubin, Ph.D., 1996
Molecular and Cell Biology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California
"Signal transduction during Drosophila eye development"

Ira Herskowitz, Ph.D., 1996
Biochemistry and Biophysics
University of California at San Francisco
San Francisco, California
"Cell polarity and asymmetry in yeast"