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Renowned Cancer Expert John McLachlan to Discuss How the Environment Plays a Role in the Spread of Cancer

Newsweek Honoree to Deliver 2nd Annual Hogarty Lecture, April 15

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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Cancer expert John McLachlan

Cancer expert John McLachlan will discuss how the environment plays a role in the spread of cancer at the Hogarty Lecture. His talk is part of UAlbany's environment-themed month of April. (Photo Paula Burch-Celentano/Tulane University Publications)

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 5, 2010) -- John A. McLachlan, one of Newsweek’s “100 People to Watch as America Moves into the New Millennium,” will discuss how genes, germs and the environment play a role in the spread of cancer at the 2nd Annual Hogarty Family Foundation Lecture on Thursday, April 15, at the University at Albany School of Public Health. McLachlan, director of the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research and Weatherhead Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies at Tulane University, will highlight the intricate interactions between environmental estrogens and cancer, and the importance of developing sound public health policies to limit exposure to environmental carcinogens.

An endowed fund established through the generosity of Daniel J. Hogarty and the Hogarty Family Foundation provides support for a public lecture program through the UAlbany's Cancer Research Center. The Hogarty Family Foundation Lectures provide information to the community about a broad range of topics related to cancer, cancer genomics and cancer research. The lecture on April l5 begins at 7 p.m. in the George Education Center Auditorium, University at Albany School of Public Health, One University Place, Rensselaer, N.Y., with a reception to follow.

Seating is limited, RSVP by April 7, 2010 at 518-442-5373 or events@uamail.albany.edu.

About McLachlan:
McLachlan received his bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University and a doctoral degree in pharmacology from George Washington University in 1971. He worked at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) for more than 20 years, and was appointed Scientific Director of the Institute in 1989. McLachlan became director of the Tulane/Xavier Center for Bioenvironmental Research in 1995.

McLachlan is internationally known for his work on diethylstilbestrol (DES) and the health effects of environmental pollutants that interact with the estrogen receptor. He has published his research findings in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. He was one of the first to recognize the global health implications of environmental estrogens both in terms of research and health policy. His laboratory was the first to confirm the association between maternal use of DES and cancers of the reproductive tract of female offspring. His accolades include Breast Cancer Fund "Hero of the Year," the Lifetime Achievement Award from DES Action, on behalf of the approximately 4 million women exposed to diethylstilbestrol (DES) during pregnancy, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Directors Award, and Newsweek’s “One of the 100 People to Watch as America moves into the Next Millennium.”

Through its partnership with the New York State Department of Health, UAlbany's School of Public Health offers students immediate access to internships at the Health Department, Albany Medical College, and a variety of other public and private health institutions throughout New York. The school serves as the academic anchor of the East Campus, a biotech hub for life sciences research at the University, including the Cancer Research Center. School of Public Health students have unique access to study the most profound health issues facing us today: the threat of bioterrorism, the spread of HIV/AIDS and other emerging diseases, the lack of affordable and accessible health care for individuals and families, environmental hazards, substance abuse and social violence, maternal mortality in developing countries, the promises and threats of genetic engineering, and protecting food and water supplies.

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