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ATLANTA (March 11, 2015) – The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will present the Dr. Sidney A. McNairy Jr. Student Symposium on cancer research March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., in the Delores P. Aldridge Auditorium in the Thomas W. Cole Jr. Research Center for Science and Technology, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W. Atlanta 30314.
Keynote addresses will be delivered by Sidney A. McNairy Jr., Ph.D., retired academician and administrator from the National Institutes of Health; Valerie Montgomery Rice, M.D., president and dean of Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM); and Qiana L. Matthews, Ph.D., a CAU alumna and faculty member at the University of Alabama Birmingham.
McNairy spent his entire federal career at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s premier biomedical research organization and principal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) that focuses on new knowledge about the causes, effects, prevention, and treatment of human disease. During his career at NIH, McNairy was the driving force behind the success of a number of innovative programs that strengthened the biomedical research infrastructure at both emerging and research-intensive institutions throughout the nation. He has also been a leader in developing programs that address health disparities and health-related science education for K-12 students and the general public. McNairy received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry/mathematics from LeMoyne-Owen College and both the master’s degree and the Ph.D. from Purdue University.
In her role at MSM, Rice provides a valuable combination of experience at the highest levels of patient care and medical research, as well as organizational management and public health policy. A renowned infertility specialist and researcher, she is the sixth president of MSM and the first woman to lead the free-standing medical institution. Rice holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
Matthews received her Ph.D. from Meharry Medical College. Her research interests are virology, cancer gene therapy and vaccine development. She has taught biology at Samford University and has earned numerous honors and acknowledgements.
Students will present oral and poster presentations during the symposium. For more information, call CCRTD at 404-880-6763 or visit www.cau.edu/ccrtd.
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