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Treating Childhood Cancer in Africa Focus of 5th Annual Hogarty Lecture, April 8th

ALBANY, N.Y. (April 2, 2014) -- SUNY Upstate Vice President for Research Rosemary Rochford Ph.D. will deliver the 5th Annual Hogarty Lecture at the University at Albany's Cancer Research Center on Tuesday, April 8.

Rochford is an expert in the field of Burkitt's Lymphoma, the most common childhood cancer in Equatorial Africa. Her experience working in Kenya has highlighted the need to develop therapies that are suitable for cancer treatment in resource poor areas of the world. She will bring her vast insights on tackling childhood cancer in Africa to public health students, researchers, area medical professionals and the community-at-large

Rosemary Rochford, SUNY Upstate Medical
Dr. Rosemary Rochford

Her research focuses on understanding how heterologous infections impact development of immunity and disease; specifically how Malaria modulates Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection. Rochford utilizes molecular epidemiologic studies based in Kenya as well as models to uncover the cellular pathways connecting EBV and malaria which are linked to the etiology of endemic Burkitt’s lymphoma.

Rochford has been awarded more than $4 million in funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the past decade to support her research on Burkitt’s lymphoma. She is the author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and she has served on NIH and Department of Defense (DOD) study sections.

Rochford joined SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2003. She became chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 2007 and Vice President for Research in 2013. She received her doctorate and early postdoctoral fellowship training at the University of California at Irvine. She completed a second postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla California, and was a staff scientist at Scripps and faculty at the University of Michigan before joining Upstate.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Massry Conference Center at 6 p.m. A reception will be held at 5:15 p.m. in advance of the lecture. Seating is limited for the event. RSVPs will be accepted via email at or by phone at (518) 442-5373.

Established through the generosity of Daniel J. Hogarty and the Hogarty Family Foundation, an endowed fund provides support for a public lecture program through the University at Albany'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

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