||Caryn Lerman, PhD,
Deputy Director of the Abramson Cancer Center of the
University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the 22nd
Annual Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health.
||The award will be presented to Lerman for
her work on pharmacogenetic approaches to nicotine dependence
treatment at the annual convention of the American College of
Chest Physicians on October 21st, 2007, in Chicago.
||Lerman is the Mary W. Calkins Professor in
the Department of Psychiatry and the Annenberg School for Communication. She
is also Director of the NIH-funded Transdisciplinary Tobacco
Use Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
(PHILADELPHIA) — Caryn Lerman, PhD,
Deputy Director of the Abramson
Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded the 22nd
Annual Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Health.
The award will be presented to Lerman, for her
work on pharmacogenetic approaches
to nicotine dependence
treatment, at the annual
convention of the American
College of Chest Physicians on October 21, 2007,
Lerman is the Mary W. Calkins Professor in
the Department of Psychiatry and the Annenberg
School for Communication. She
is also Director of the NIH-funded Transdisciplinary
Tobacco Use Research Center at the University of Pennsylvania which translates
research in neuroscience, pharmacology, and genetics to develop
pharmacological therapies for nicotine dependence. In human behavioral
pharmacology studies, Lerman’s laboratory studies the effects
of different medications and novel compounds on nicotine’s
reinforcing effects and nicotine abstinence symptoms. Recently,
she and her colleagues discovered that variation in genes in
the brain’s dopamine reward pathway and in the endogenous opioid system influence how smokers respond to medications for
nicotine dependence. Such research will help create targeted
treatments for people to successfully quit
smoking with a reduced
chance of relapse.
Penn’s Transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research
Center links with Penn’s Leonard
Davis Institute for Health Economics, the Annenberg School for Communication, and the Abramson
Cancer Center. Through these collaborations, Lerman and her colleagues
hope to increase the likelihood that emerging scientific findings
are translated into practice to reduce morbidity and mortality
from tobacco use.
Abramson Cancer Center (ACC) members currently
hold over $145 million in grant funding. The ACC ranks fifth
in funding from the National
Cancer Institute and fourth in American
Cancer Society funding. Areas of research excellence
at the ACC include: basic and translational research, breast
cancer, melanoma, hematologic
malignancies/bone marrow transplantation,
innovative clinical trials (200 active ongoing trials), developmental
therapeutics, and cancer prevention and survivorship.
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300 research scientists who work relentlessly to determine
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