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Dinarello Gives 1999 Dyer Lecture

Immunologist Dr. Charles A. Dinarello will present the 1999 NIH Director's R.E. Dyer Lecture titled, "Anti-Cytokine Therapies for Inflammatory Diseases," on Wednesday, Apr. 28 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10.

Immunologist Dr. Charles A. Dinarello

The Dyer lectureship is an honor conferred on an internationally renowned researcher who has contributed substantially to medical as well as biological knowledge of infectious diseases. Dinarello is professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver and is a former clinical associate and senior investigator at NIH. He is a recognized leader in the field of inflammatory diseases and has published more than 450 original research articles on cytokines, particularly interleukin-1. His research has greatly enhanced understanding of the role cytokines play in many disease processes, including cancer, AIDS and microbial infections. Among his many scientific accomplishments, his research team was the first to clone the interleukin-1 beta gene and to determine its role in immunity and inflammation.

The Institute for Scientific Information recently listed him as the world's third most cited life scientist for the period 1981 to 1994. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998.

Dinarello received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine and continued his clinical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. As an NIH clinical associate from 1971 to 1974, he worked at NIAID with immunologist Sheldon Wolff. In 1975, Dinarello became a senior investigator in NIAID and currently serves on the institute's board of scientific advisors.

In 1977, he left NIH to join the faculty of medicine and pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he served for nearly 20 years.

Among his many honors are Germany's Ernst Jung Prize in Medicine and the Ludwig Heilmeyer Gold Medal of the Society for Internal Medicine (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). In 1997, the University of Marseilles conferred upon him the degree of doctor honoris causa.

For more information or reasonable accommodation, call Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

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