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M. D. Anderson Executive Receives International Award For Cancer Research

M. D. Anderson Executive Receives International Award For Cancer Research
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/15/00

Dr. Margaret Kripke, senior vice president and chief academic officer of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, received the seventh Raymond Bourgine Award during an international conference recently in Paris, France for her many achievements in cancer research.

The award was presented to Dr. Kripke on Feb. 3, by the mayor of Paris, Jean Tiberi and Dr. David Khayat of the Pitie-Salpetriere Hospital of Paris. Dr. Kripke received the award during a dinner at the Hotel de Ville as part of the tenth International Congress on Anti-Cancer Treatments.

Dr. Kripke, a pioneer in the field of cancer immunology, was selected for the prestigious award in recognition of her career contributions to cancer research. She has received international acclaim for her research demonstrating how ultraviolet radiation alters the immune system. Her contributions led to the creation of the field of photoimmunology, the study of how light affects the immune system.

The award is named for Raymond Bourgine, a well-known French writer and former elected Paris official who died of cancer in 1990. It was created to recognize exceptional scientific achievements and support cancer research.

Dr. Kripke has been with M. D. Anderson for 17 years. She was named senior vice president and chief academic officer at M. D. Anderson in March 1999. Prior to her appointment, she was the vice president for academic programs. Previously, she served as a chair of the Department of Immunology.

A native Californian, Dr. Kripke obtained her undergraduate and master's degrees in bacteriology from the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctoral degree from Berkeley in the field of immunology.

Dr. Kripke is a former president of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society for Photobiology, among other honors.

She has authored or co-authored more than 250 scientific journal articles and textbook chapters.


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