One of the nation’s leading experts on the medical applications of stem cell biology in the treatment of cancer and AIDS, David Scadden, M.D., will deliver the 2015 Laurence and Jean DeLynn Lecture at 4 p.m., Sept. 10, in Fukushima Auditorium of West Virginia University’s Health Sciences Center. A reception will follow.

Dr. Scadden’s seminar will be titled “Cancer through a Stem Cell Lens.”

“We welcome the opportunity to bring someone of Dr. Scadden’s national stature to the WVU Health Sciences campus for the benefit of our students, faculty and staff and the Morgantown community as well,” said Clay Marsh, M.D., vice president and executive dean for WVU Health Sciences. “One of the ways that WVU can continue to be that beacon of hope for others to follow is to engage in activities like the DeLynn Lecture that serves to stimulate our minds to develop and discover new approaches to problems that face not just West Virginians, but all of mankind.”

Dr. Scadden is a practicing hematologist/oncologist and an accomplished translational scientist who has developed novel therapies for blood disorders and malignancies. He has published hundreds of scientific papers and book chapters and his lab has made fundamental contributions in how the microenvironment of the stem cells regulates their function. Therapies developed by his work are used in the treatment of cancer patients and those with immunodeficiency worldwide.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Dr. Scadden visit West Virginia University and the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center,” said William Petros, Pharm.D., Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Interim Director. “Dr. Scadden’s professional accomplishments and achievements have earned him the respect and recognition of the medical and scientific communities around the world and his cutting-edge research has brought promising new treatments for patients afflicted with a range of blood diseases and cancer.”

Dr. Scadden graduated with a BA degree in English from Bucknell University, completed pre-medical studies at Columbia University and earned his MD degree at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He then moved on to Harvard where he has been ever since. He trained in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and sub-specialized in both hematology and medical oncology at the Brigham and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Scadden is the Gerald and Darlene Jordan Professor of Medicine at Harvard University; co-chair of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute; co-chair of the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine at Harvard; and director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.

For more than two decades WVU has welcomed prominent and prestigious speakers such as Dr. Scadden to lecture on campus thanks to the generosity of the DeLynn family. The list also includes ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson, former White House Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan and Michael Phelps, the inventor of PET scanning technology.

Jean and Laurence DeLynn established the DeLynn Lecture Series in 1992 with an endowed gift to the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center. The series provides educational and informational presentations in the area of cancer research, treatment, education, and prevention.

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