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Vol. LVIII, No. 21
October 20, 2006
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Nabel Gives Roberts Memorial Lecture

Dr. Anita B. Roberts was an exceptional mentor and scientist. The former chief of NCI’s Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis died last May 26. A lecture series has been named in her honor.
Dr. Anita B. Roberts was an exceptional mentor and scientist. The former chief of NCI’s Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis died last May 26. A lecture series has been named in her honor.

The NIH women scientist advisors (WSA) committee has initiated a new seminar series—the Anita B. Roberts Lecture Series: WSA Distinguished Scientist Speakers. It will highlight outstanding research achievements of women scientists in the intramural research program at NIH. NHLBI director Dr. Elizabeth Nabel will present the first lecture on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 2:30 p.m. in Lipsett Amphitheater, Bldg. 10. Nabel, who is also chief of the vascular biology and genomics section, NHGRI, will speak on “Genomic Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease.” Her research focuses on defining the pathways that regulate cell growth in the vasculature, remodel the vasculature after injury and lead to genetic susceptibility to vascular diseases.

The series is dedicated to the memory of Dr. Anita B. Roberts, honoring her role as an exceptional mentor and scientist. Former chief of the Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis, NCI, she died on May 26. She is well-known for her pioneering work on transforming growth factor-beta and its role in wound-healing, carcinogenesis and autoimmune disease. Her published work is among the top 50 most-cited research papers and she is the second most-cited female scientist in the world. Roberts was an outstanding mentor and her extremely productive laboratory provided a nurturing environment for many scientists. She served as an example of balancing family and work life and will be remembered as unfailingly warm, caring, enthusiastic and supportive.

The seminar is cosponsored by the Office of Research on Women’s Health and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences. It is open to the public and attendees are invited to a reception following the lecture in the amphitheater lobby. Sign language interpreters will be provided on request. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Cynthia Nishikawa Fabry, (301) 496-5717, and/or the Federal Relay, 1-800-877-8339, 5 days prior to the lecture.

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