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Medal of Freedom honor going to local resident Janet Rowley Wednesday

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University of Chicago research scientist, Dr. Janet Rowley, will be honored Wednesday, August 12 with a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Dr. Janet Rowley and husband Dr. Donald Rowley are longtime residents of Porter Beach.

Tomorrow President Barack Obama will award the Medals of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, to Rowley and 15 others at a ceremony in Washington D.C.

Dr. Rowley will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her cancer chromosome studies. Her discoveries showed cancer is a genetic disease.

According to reports, the discovery of recurring chromosomal abnormalities in leukemias and lymphomas are findings that have revolutionized how cancer is understood and treated.

Dr. Rowley has a long history of awards and honors. Last spring she was on the podium when president Obama signed the stem cell executive order and scientific integrity memorandum.

Rowley, 84, is the Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine, Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology and Human Genetics at the University of Chicago. Her honors include both the Lasker Award and the National Medal of Science in 1998 and, most recently, this year’s Genetics Prize from The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation. She continues to head an active laboratory that focuses on the connections between genetic changes and cancer, especially leukemia.

As stated in a press release, “The Medal of Freedom validates the enthusiasm that still inspires Rowley to bicycle from her Hyde Park home to her laboratory daily at the age of 84. ‘It’s a recognition not of me but of our research,’ she said. ‘Our discoveries have had a major impact on the treatment and on the lives of patients with leukemia, especially those with CML.’”




Posted 8/11/2009