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UTSA hosts Oct. 19 lecture by cancer health disparities expert Lovell Jones

Lovell Jones

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(Oct. 19, 2011) --UTSA and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will host an Oct. 19 presentation by Lovell Jones, cancer health disparities expert and professor in the Department of Health Disparities Research and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He will speak on "A Biopsychosocial Approach to Addressing Health Equity" at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the Biosciences Building Loeffler Room (3.03.02) on the UTSA Main Campus.

Jones directs the Dorothy I. Height Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research (CHEER) at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His presentation will center on the thesis that scientific approaches of the 21st century should be more comprehensive and involve a combination of scientific discovery, real-world applications and community service.

With a career spanning more than 35 years, Jones has extensive experience in addressing minority health issues and the health of the underserved including studying the relationship between hormones, diet and endocrine-responsive tumors. Jones' research work has focused on determining the mechanism by which natural and environmental estrogenic agents may initiate cancers in hormonally responsive tissue.

An author of more than 100 scientific articles ranging from hormonal carcinogenesis to health policy, Jones also edited "Minorities and Cancer," one of the few comprehensive textbooks on the subject. Additionally, he chaired or co-chaired numerous major events regarding the underserved and cancer including the American Cancer Society South Central U.S. Regional Hearings on Cancer and the Poor and the first national African cancer education meeting in Abuja, Nigeria. He co-authored a congressional resolution designating the third full week in April as "National Minority Cancer Awareness Week."

His research as a principal investigator has received more than $20 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health, Rockwell Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Kellogg Foundation, American Health Foundation, Houston Endowment, ExxonMobil Foundation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the State of Texas.

A recipient of numerous accolades, Jones was awarded the Director's Award for Excellence in Health Disparities from the National Institutes of Health National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. He is scheduled to receive the Ruth Kirschstein Diversity in Science Award.

Jones earned his doctoral degree in zoology with emphasis in endocrinology and tumor biology from the University of California at Berkeley.

The Seminars in Translational Research series brings together investigators from basic clinical and social sciences to highlight the bidirectional and multiple stages of translating research discoveries from the laboratory bench to the bedside and ultimately the community.

The monthly seminars are jointly sponsored by the UTSA Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), the Health Science Center Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS)/Novel Clinical and Translational Methodologies, and the joint UTSA-UT Health Science Center graduate program in biomedical engineering. The RCMI and IIMS programs are supported by the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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