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NIA Honors Pereira-Smith

Dr. Olivia M. Pereira-Smith, a professor at the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, presented the 10th annual Nathan W. Shock Memorial Lecture recently on the campus of NIA's Gerontology Research Center in Baltimore. In her lecture entitled "Identification of a Novel Gene Family of Transcription-like Factors: A Role for Cell Aging," she presented a summary of her studies on the genetic basis of cellular senescence. She has identified genes on several chromosomes that encode putative transcription factors that appear to regulate the ability of cells to divide. Dr. George Roth (l) of NIA's Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology presented her with a plaque honoring the occasion.

Luo, Sasaki Win Poster Competition

Drs. Yongquan Luo (l) and Carl Sasaki (r), both from the Laboratory of Immunology, NIA, were winners in the recent 4th annual Nathan W. Shock poster competition. Luo's poster was titled, "Gene expression analysis of young and old rat hippocampus during T-maze learning and memory formation." Sasaki's poster on prostate cancer research was titled, "E-cadherin induces growth suppression by increasing p27 levels." Each scientist received a plaque and $300.

Lakatta Shares Novartis Prize

Dr. Edward Lakatta, chief of NIA's Laboratory of Cardiovascular Science, was recently coawarded the 1999 Novartis Prize for Gerontological Research with Dr. Paul Baltes of the Max-Planck Institute for Educational research in Berlin. The award was made by the International Association of Gerontology. "The award acknowledges the mosaic of novel information on cardiovascular aging in health derived during the last 25 years of studies in our labs," said Lakatta. "The mosaic, which is still not yet complete, required substantial effort by dozens of fellows and colleagues, and the unique environment of an intramural research program." His research emphasizes how the cardiovascular system is altered by aging.

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