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Jacks earns top cancer award

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Tyler Jacks, director of MIT's Center for Cancer Research, has been named the 2005 Simon M. Shubitz Lecturer and Award recipient.

The University of Chicago Cancer Research Center presents the Shubitz Award each year to a scientist who has made significant contributions to the field of cancer research. On Monday, April 10, Jacks will deliver the annual Shubitz Lecture at the University of Chicago.

Jacks' research focuses on the genetic events that contribute to the development of cancer. His laboratory has constructed mouse models for lung cancer, astrocytoma, endometroid ovarian cancer, retinoblastoma and tumors of the peripheral nervous system.

In 2005, Jacks shared the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research awarded by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. That award honored him for advancing the understanding of the pathogenesis of cancer.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 5, 2006 (download PDF).

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