Weill Cornell Medical College Dean Honored For Immune Response Research 1Cytokine Research Leads To Honorary Lifetime Membership Award

Cytokines are protein molecules secreted by the nervous system and immune system, that take part in intercellular communication.

Dr. Laurie Glimcher, the new dean of Weill Cornell Medical College, has made “pivotal contributions” to cytokine research, according to the International Cytokine Society.  The Society awarded Dr. Glimcher an Honorary Lifetime Membership, the Society’s highest honor.

The award will be presented at the joint yearly ICS/ International Society for Interferon and Cytokine Research (ISICR) international conference in Florence, Italy, on Oct. 10. The focus of the meeting is cytokine-specific lymphocyte subtypes, which is Dr. Glimcher’s specialty.

“I am thrilled to receive this honor from my peers at the International Cytokine Society. The field of cytokine research holds much promise for understanding immune responses underlying autoimmune, infectious, allergic and malignant diseases.”
– Dr. Glimcher

Dr. Glimcher is currently the Irene Heinz Given Professor of Immunology at the Harvard School of Public Health, in the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases, on the Harvard Longwood Campus in Boston.

Dr. Glimcher’s lab studied ways to control the production of cytokines, the small hormone-like mediators, to elucidate the regulatory pathways that control important immune checkpoints that regulate lymphocyte development. They were able to define the genetic bases of cytokine expression in T helper lymphocytes.

While directing the Division of Biological Sciences program at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Glimcher is also a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Glimcher’s awards include:

  • American Association of University Women Senior Scholar Award (2006)
  • American College of Rheumatology Distinguished Investigator Award (2006)
  • Dean’s Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Women Faculty at Harvard Medical School (2006)
  • the Klemperer Award from the New York Academy of Medicine (2003)
  • the American Society of Clinical Investigation Outstanding Investigator Award (2001)
  • the FASEB Excellence in Science Award (2000)

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the National Academy of Sciences USA, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. She is also a member and past president of the American Association of Immunologists, which awarded her the Huang Meritorious Career Award in 2006 and the Excellence in Mentoring Award in 2008. She was elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation, from which she received the Outstanding Investigator Award in 2001, and to the American Association of Physicians and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Established in 1988, the International Cytokine Society (ICS) consists of persons who have research, clinical or educational experience in the field of cytokines or in an allied discipline. The main purposes of the Society are to promote original research in the fields of cytokines, growth factors and receptors and to facilitate communication and interaction between scientists aimed at the multidisciplinary integration of current basic and clinical knowledge and concepts in the study of cytokines.

Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University’s medical school located in New York City, is committed to excellence in research, teaching, patient care and the advancement of the art and science of medicine, locally, nationally and globally. Physicians and scientists of Weill Cornell Medical College are engaged in cutting-edge research from bench to bedside, aimed at unlocking mysteries of the human body in health and sickness and toward developing new treatments and prevention strategies.

Weill Cornell is the birthplace of many medical advances – including the development of the Pap test for cervical cancer, the synthesis of penicillin, the first successful embryo-biopsy pregnancy and birth in the U.S., the first clinical trial of gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease, and most recently, the world’s first successful use of deep brain stimulation to treat a minimally conscious brain-injured patient. Weill Cornell Medical College is affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, where its faculty provides comprehensive patient care at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. The Medical College is also affiliated with the Methodist Hospital in Houston.