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NCI Scientists Awarded National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama

Schiller, Lowy, President Obama, and military aide holding medal at ceremony.

John Schiller, Ph.D., left, and Douglas Lowy, M.D., stand with President Obama to receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation award at a White House ceremony in November. Photo reproduced from Whitehouse.gov.

Two NCI scientists received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement. The award was announced by President Obama in October. The honorees, John Schiller, Ph.D., Laboratory of Cellular Oncology (LCO), Center for Cancer Research, NCI, and Douglas Lowy, M.D., also from LCO and NCI deputy director, received their medals at a White House ceremony on Nov. 20.

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Third Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award

Three scientists at award presentation.

The Third Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award presentation. From left: Stephen Hughes, Ph.D., director, HIV Drug Resistance Program; Hye Kyung Chung-Derse, Ph.D.; and Walther Mothes, Ph.D.

By Anne Arthur, Guest Writer

The Third Annual David Derse Memorial Lecture and Award presentation was held on Nov. 18 at NCI at Frederick to honor the outstanding research accomplishments of David Derse, Ph.D., and to stimulate the exchange of innovative ideas that Derse was well known for promoting throughout his scientific career.

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Interaction between EphrinB1 and CNK1 Found to Play Role in Tumor Progression

Two scientists in the lab. Doctor Cho is on left and Doctor Daar is on right.

Hee Jun Cho, Ph.D., left, with Ira Daar, Ph.D., senior investigator, Laboratory of Cell and Developmental Signaling. 

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By Nancy Parrish, Staff Writer

The family of proteins known as ephrins plays a critical role in a variety of biological processes. In a recent article in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Hee Jun Cho, Ph.D., and colleagues report on the interaction between proteins CNK1 and ephrinB1 that promotes cell movement. Their findings may have an important implication in developing new therapeutics for reducing metastases in certain cancers.

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