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Environmental Risks for Disease
Kenneth Olden, Ph.D.
Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the
National Toxicology Program
Human health and human disease result from three interactive
elements: environmental factors, individual susceptibility, and age. The
mission of the National Institute of
Environmental Health Sciences is to reduce the burden of human illness
and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding each of these
elements and how they interrelate. In his lecture, Dr. Kenneth Olden, NIEHS
Director, will discuss current research.
Dr. Olden has directed NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program since
June 1991. Before assuming the NIH post, he served as professor and chairman
of the Department of Oncology and Director of the Howard University Comprehensive
Cancer Center in Washington, D.C.
He is highly regarded as a cancer researcher whose 26-year career has
included appointments at Harvard University Medical School and the National
Cancer Institute. His research to understand and prevent the spread of cancer
has led to the publication of more than 200 articles, book chapters, and
abstracts. He published two of the "One Hundred Most Cited" papers
in 1978-1979, and one on the subject of cancer cell biology is now deemed
a "Citation Classic."
Dr. Olden is a cell biologist and biochemist by training, and has been
active in research into the properties of cell surface molecules and their
possible roles in cancer for more than two decades.
He has served on numerous national and international committees and has
been a major invited speaker and presidential appointee to the National
Cancer Advisory Board and a member of the visiting committee of the Board
of Overseers of Harvard College and the awards assembly selection committee
of the General Motors Cancer Research Foundation. He presently serves on
the Board of Scientific Consultants of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer
Center and is on the editorial boards of Cancer Research and the Journal
of the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Olden was born in Parrottsville, TN. He earned his bachelor's degree
in biology from Knoxville College, his master's degree at the University
of Michigan, and his doctoral degree from Temple University, with research
done at the University of Rochester. He held postdoctoral fellowships and
then was a Macy Faculty Fellow and an instructor at Harvard Medical School
before joining NIH.
For more information
about the Clinical Center and its Medicine for the Public lecture series,
contact CC Communications (OCCC@nih.gov),
of Health, Warren Grant Magnuson Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland 20892.
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