Pincus Medal recipient Patricia Donahoe received an honorary degree at Commencement 2017 from UMass President Marty Meehan (left) and UMMS Chancellor Michael F. Collins.
Patricia Donahoe, MD, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Pincus Medal by UMass Medical School. Dr. Donahoe will deliver the Pincus Memorial Lecture on April 11 at 4 p.m. in the Albert Sherman Center. A reception will follow the lecture.
Donahoe, the director of the Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Marshall K. Bartlett Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, will present the lecture “Protection of Reproductive Function.” The renowned pediatric surgeon and cancer researcher accepted an honorary degree from UMMS at Commencement 2017.
Awarded in the field of endocrinology, the Pincus Medal was established to honor Gregory F. Pincus, a pioneer in reproductive biology and the co-founder of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research. The annual memorial lecture is hosted by Thoru Pederson, PhD, the Vitold Arnett professor of cell biology, professor of biochemistry & molecular pharmacology, associate vice provost for research and president emeritus of the Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research.
Donahue’s research in reproductive developmental biology and oncology led to the hypothesis that a protein known as Mullerian Inhibiting Substance (MIS) could serve as a potential anticancer agent against certain ovarian tumors. She has received many research prizes and honorary degrees for her work on MIS, but her fondest dream is to see it developed as a therapeutic for ovarian and other reproductive cancers.
The Gregory Pincus Medal awards of the Worcester Foundation were initiated in 1969. Seven of the recipients were or subsequently became Nobel laureates.
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