NIH Press Release
National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996

Tom Hawkins
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Cell and Tumor Growth Research Pioneer to Deliver Falk Lecture

Tony Hunter, Ph.D., of The Salk Institute, winner of the Mott Prize and Gairdner Award for his research on cellular growth and tumor development, will deliver the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences' twelfth annual Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture.

The lecture, "Cell Growth Control by Protein Phosphorylation," will be Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 3 p.m. in the Building 101 Conference Room, T. W. Alexander drive, Research Triangle Park, N.C. The presentation is open to public, particularly the scientific community.

Hunter and colleagues discovered in 1979 new ways in which phosphate molecules attach to proteins. These findings helped open new avenues in the study of cell growth and tumor development.

Cambridge educated, Hunter is a Fellow of the Royal Society of London and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and his honors and awards include the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation Mott Prize and the Gairdner Foundation Award. He has published over 300 scientific and review articles and serves on the editorial boards of several major scientific journals.

The annual Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture Series was initiated by scientists and friends of Dr. Falk, the first scientific director at NIEHS, to showcase scientists who have made distinguished contributions to environmental health sciences. Dr. Falk, 1919-1985, was the internationally known environmental health science authority, one of the founding members and shaping forces at NIEHS.

This is the eleventh year for the series, but the twelfth lecture, since the series was launched with two lectures in one year. Dr. Falk's widow, Gabrielle, and members of his family have attended every lecture in the series.