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Noted Harvard scientist to kick off presidential lecture series
(9-17-02)

A Harvard scientist who made some of the earliest discoveries about angiogenesis — the formation and differentiation of blood vessels — will help launch the Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). The public is invited.

Judah Folkman, M.D., the Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery and professor of cell biology at Harvard Medical School and surgeon-in-chief emeritus and director of the surgical research laboratory at Children's Hospital in Boston, will speak on "Angiogenesis-Dependent Disease." The lecture is at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in the UTHSCSA auditorium. A reception will follow in the auditorium foyer.

"Dr. Folkman is one of the most important physicians, surgeons, researchers and scientists of the past 50 years," said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center. "His discoveries on the mechanism of angiogenesis opened a field of investigation now pursued worldwide."

Dr. Folkman is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences.

Contact: Will Sansom or Aileen Salinas