Two Health Science Center faculty members, both world-renowned researchers, have become a permanent part of the Texas Hall of Fame for Science, Mathematics and Technology. The Hall of Fame inducted Bankole A. Johnson, M.D., Ph.D., and Wen-Hwa Lee, Ph.D., in January.
Dr. Johnson holds the William and Marguerite Wurzbach Distinguished Professorship and directs the South Texas Addiction Research and Technology (START) Center. He also is chairman for research in the department of psychiatry and chief of the departmentís alcohol and drug addiction division. One of his signature findings is that the drug ondansetron, taken orally, is highly effective in treating alcoholics with neurochemical abnormalities.
Dr. Lee occupies the Alice P. McDermott Distinguished University Chair in Molecular Medicine. He is professor and chair of the department of molecular medicine and director of the Health Science Centerís Institute of Biotechnology in the Texas Research Park. Dr. Leeís pioneering work on the identification of the first human tumor-suppressor gene and establishment of the geneís cancer-suppression function has shaped expertsí fundamental understanding of the genetic basis of human cancer formation.
"All of the honorees are very well known in their fields, but they may not be well known otherwise," said Joan Drennan-Taylor, executive director of the Hall of Fame. "We have a lot of sports heroes and other role models for our children, so it is important that we recognize these scientists as well."
More information about the Texas Hall of Fame for Science, Mathematics and Technology is available at www.texassciencesummit.org.
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