For May 12, 1999

Dr. Constantine Stratakis earned his medical and D.Sc. degrees at the University of Athens. He did an internship at the Hospital Cochin in Paris and a residency in pediatrics at Georgetown University Hospital. In 1993, he joined the Developmental Endocrinology Branch of NICHD as a clinical associate.

Dr. Stratakis's research focuses on identifying mechanisms that underlie endocrine oncgenesis, particularly those associated with adreno-cortical and pituitary tumors. His main project is the identification of the gene for Carney complex, a multiple endocrine neoplasia, and lentiginosis syndrome. Other diseases of interest include other multiple endocrine neoplasia syndromes, familial hyperaldosteronism and glucocorticoid resistance, and childhood adrenocortical cancer.

Dr. Susan Taymans earned her undergraduate degree in biology at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. She then went on to the University of Maryland, where she earned a doctorate in molecular endocrinology.

Dr. Taymans came to NIH in 1991 as a predoctoral-IRTA fellow with the Developmental Endocrinology Branch of the Child Health Institute. After completing her doctorate, she stayed on with that branch, and is currently working with Dr. Stratakis on the positional cloning of the Carney complex locus.

Dr. Lawrence Kirschner earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry at Princeton University. He then attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in the Bronx, and earned his medical degree and a Ph.D. in molecular pharmacology.

Dr. Kirschner completed an internal medicine residency at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinic in Minneapolis, before joining NIH as a senior fellow in the Interinstitute Endocrinology Training Program with NICHD.

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