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Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.4323



May 30, 2008
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Dr. Nelly Auersperg will be recognized on Wednesday, June 4, 9:45 a.m.              

With a medical career spanning more than 50 years, Nelly Auersperg has made major contributions to women's health research concerning the causes and progression of cancers of the female reproductive organs.

A longtime UBC professor and one of the first Terry Fox Research Scientists with the National Cancer Institute of Canada, her internationally acclaimed research aims to understand the biology and pathophysiology of cancer cells in order to improve methods of cancer detection and treatment.

Among her major contributions to cancer research is the development of cervical cancer cell lines, which aided in the discovery of human papilloma virus (HPV) as the cause of cervical cancer.

Auersperg has also received worldwide recognition for the characterization of the normal precursor cells that give rise to epithelial ovarian carcinomas – the primary cause of death from gynecologic cancers in the developed world.

Still going strong, Auersperg’s current research involves analyzing the basis for pre-malignant changes in the ovary, using genetic manipulations. The work has led to the discovery of several potential early diagnostic markers.

In 2000, she was honored with the establishment of the Nelly Auersperg Award in women’s health research. She was presented with UBC’s Faculty of Medicine lifetime achievement award in 2007.