Lung Biology Expert Gives Seminar on History of Radiation Toxicity

February 02, 2007

Lung biologist Jacob Finkelstein, Ph.D., will discuss the University of Rochester Medical Center’s long history in researching lung injury and radiation exposure as part of a lecture series highlighting biological and biomedical research at the University of Rochester.

Finkelstein will talk about how Rochester became home to one of the strongest lung biology programs in the country in a lecture titled “Normal Tissue Radiation Effects: From Target Cell to Cytokine Cascade to Bioterrorism and Back Again” at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425). Drinks and light snacks follow in the Forbes Mezzanine (1-9580). It’s the latest installment of the “Second Friday Science Social” lecture series geared mainly to faculty, staff and students at the University, although the general public is welcome as well. The lectures are free.

Rochester has always been a center for study for radiation toxicity in normal tissue,” said Finkelstein, professor of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine, Radiation and Oncology. “Our roots in post-World War II research is important. We should revel in our history; it makes us who we are.”

Finkelstein, who is part of the Department of Pediatrics lung biology group within the Division of Neonatology, will discuss how Rochester’s involvement in government studies of normal lung tissue exposure to radiation during the Cold War has influenced the research continuing today and helped the University in being named to a new nationwide network of eight Centers for Medical Countermeasures Against Radiation to improve the country's response to a radiological attack, such as with a dirty bomb. The National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease awarded the university $21 million over five years for the center which includes projects on finding ways to determine the extent of radiation exposure and on how to lessen or stop damage following exposure.

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