August 7, 2001
NCI's OCCAM Thrives with New Projects, Expansion
Howard Students Hosted at NIH
By Carla Garnett
Dr. James Hildreth was 11 years old when his father developed renal cancer. Poor and black in rural Arkansas, the elder Hildreth had few healthcare options.
"All that we could do was watch him wither away and die," said the
now-adult James, a graduate of Harvard who earned an M.D. and a
Ph.D., is a professor of pharmacology at Johns Hopkins, and who,
until recently, was a researcher at the National Center on Minority
Health and Health Disparities. "I was angry then, and I'm still angry
now, because in my mind, it was a health disparity that caused my
father's death. So my life's goal at 11 years old was to get into
Harvard, so I could get into medical school. I was going to become a
doctor. I was going to go to medical school even though there was
no one else who looked like me practicing medicine where I grew
After a Crohn's Gene, Then What?
By Anna Gillis
Shortly after the press announced the discovery of the first gene
linked to Crohn's disease, Dr. Judy H. Cho started getting calls.
Since May "there's been a small flurry of people wanting to get
tested," says Cho, a researcher at the University of Chicago