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Institute for Women's Health and Leadership Past Marion Spencer Fay Award Honorees

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Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, Named 2016 Marion Spencer Fay Award Honoree

Marion Spencer Fay Award Honoree Laurie H. Glimcher, MD and IWHL Director Lynn Yeakel
Marion Spencer Fay Award honoree Laurie H. Glimcher, MD and Lynn Yeakel, director of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership

The annual Marion Spencer Fay Award was presented to Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, incoming president and chief executive officer of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and former dean and professor of medicine of Weill Cornell Medical College on Monday, September 26, 2016, by the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership.

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The national Marion Spencer Fay Award, now in its 53rd year, is given annually to a woman physician or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator or research scientist. The award includes a $10,000 honorarium.

Dr. Glimcher presented her lecture, “Doctor Without Borders,” a discussion of key research contributions from her laboratory paired with key personal events in her career over the last 30 years. The lecture was followed by an award presentation and reception.

The 2016 Marion Spencer Fay Award Committee
The 2016 Marion Spencer Fay Award Committee, from left to right: Janine Barber; Jane Clifford, PhD; Mark Woodland, MD; Ellie Kelepouris, MD; Jane Barth, Michele Kutzler, PhD; Ruth DuBois; D. Walter Cohen, DDS; Laurie Glimcher, MD (2016 Marion Spencer Fay Award honoree); Barbara Schindler, MD; Ellie Cantor, PhD (Chair, Marion Spencer Fay Award Committee); Kenny Simansky, PhD; Natalie Bartle, EdD; Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, PhD; Mary Anne Delaney, MD; Diane Magrane, MD; Lynn Yeakel (Director, Institute for Women's Health and Leadership); Michele Marcolongo, PhD

 
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Katherine Knight Receives 2015 Marion Spencer Fay Award

2015 Marion Spencer Fay Award winner Katherine Knight, PhD

The annual Marion Spencer Fay Award was presented to Katherine Knight, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology and co-founder of the Infectious Disease and Immunology Institute at Loyola University Chicago, on Thursday, November 19, by the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership. During the event Dr. Knight presented her lecture, Harnessing Bacteria to Fight Disease: A Professional Scientific Journey.

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The national Marion Spencer Fay Award, now in its 52nd year, is given annually to an outstanding woman physician or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator or research scientist and who exhibits significant future potential. The award included a $10,000 honorarium to support Dr. Knight's work.

The Marion Spencer Fay Award Committee and Dr. Knight
Members of the Marion Spencer Fay Award Committee with 2015 honoree Katherine Knight, PhD

 
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2014 Marion Spencer Fay Award Presented to Phyllis A. Dennery, MD

On October 21, 2014, the annual Marion Spencer Fay Award was presented to Phyllis A. Dennery, MD, FAAP, chief of the Division of Neonatology and Newborn Services at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, by the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership.

Dr. Dennery presented her lecture, "A Neonatologist's Journey: Shedding Light on Small Wonders," followed by an award presentation and a luncheon in the Edmund D. Bossone Research Enterprise Center on Drexel's University City Campus.

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The national Marion Spencer Fay Award, now in its 51st year, is given annually to an outstanding woman physician or scientist who has made an exceptionally significant contribution to health care as a practitioner, medical educator, administrator or research scientist and who exhibits significant future potential. The award includes a $10,000 honorarium to support Dr. Dennery's work.

2014 Marion Spencer Fay Award Presented to Phyllis A. Dennery, MD  2014 Marion Spencer Fay Award Winner Phyllis A. Dennery, MD

2014 Marion Spencer Fay Award Ceremony

 
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Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD, Received the 2013 Marion Spencer Fay Award on Friday, September 27

2013 Marion Spencer Fay Award winner Nancy C. Andrews, MD, PhD

The annual Marion Spencer Fay Award was presented to Nancy Andrews, MD, PhD, dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, on September 27, 2013, as part of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership's 20th anniversary celebration.

Nancy Andrews has been vice chancellor for academic affairs and dean of the Duke University School of Medicine since October 2007. She is also a professor of pediatrics and pharmacology & cancer biology.

Dr. Andrews earned her PhD from MIT (in biology) and her MD from Harvard Medical School. Prior to moving to Duke, she spent her entire professional career at Harvard, include serving as director of the Harvard-MIT MD-PhD Program from 1999 to 2003 and dean for basic sciences and graduate studies at Harvard Medical School from 2003 to 2007.

Dr. Andrews was also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for 13 years. She maintains an NIH-funded research laboratory studying mouse models of human diseases. Her laboratory's contributions include:

  • Discovery of the iron transporter DMT1
  • Establishing the role of the transferrin receptor in vivo
  • Elucidation of the pathogenesis of hemochromatosis, anemia of chronic disease and iron-refractory iron deficiency anemia (IRIDA)

The lab has developed more than 30 mouse models, many of which have been used by investigators around the world to study iron homeostasis in vivo.

Dr. Andrews received the E. Mead Johnson Award and the Samuel Rosenthal Prize for her research accomplishments. She was the 2010 recipient of the Vanderbilt Prize for Biomedical Science and the 2011 Award for Mentoring in Basic Sciences from the American Society of Hematology. She served as the 2009 president of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and as a founding board member of the Rosalind Franklin Society. Dr. Andrews was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and to membership in both the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was profiled by Newsweek magazine in 2008 as one of ten notable women leaders.

The Marion Spencer Fay award ceremony took place on Friday, September 27, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Paul Peck Center and included a lecture from Dr. Andrews and a luncheon.

 
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2011 Marion Spencer Fay Award Lecture and Reception Honoring Julie Overbaugh, PhD

Julie Overbaugh, PhD, 2011 Marion Spencer Fay Award Recipient and Institute Director Lynn Yeakel

On October 27, 2011, Julie Overbaugh, PhD, of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, received the 2011 Marion Spencer Fay Award. Dr. Overbaugh's lecture, co-sponsored by the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University as part of their grand rounds lecture series, was titled "Taking the Leap: A Basic Scientist's Journey into Interdisciplinary, International HIV Research."

Dr. Overbaugh was recognized for her unique contributions in increasing understanding of HIV transmission and pathogenesis, her leadership in the treatment of and prevention strategies for infected women in the developing world, her pioneering research collaborative in Kenya and her noteworthy mentoring activities.

View Overbaugh's lecture (DUCoM login required).

Dr. Overbaugh was featured on Women's Radio and was named a "Fierce Woman in BioTech."

Dr. Julie Overbaugh is pictured with members of the 2011 Marion Spencer Fay Award Committee
Dr. Julie Overbaugh is pictured with members of the 2011 Marion Spencer Fay Award Committee.

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