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Release: June 20, 2001

UI medical student receives American Cancer Society award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A second-year medical student in the University of Iowa College of Medicine has received the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa's American Cancer Center (ACS) Student Stipend Award.

The award is made annually to a student in a medical, dental or health professional degree program who plans to pursue a career in cancer research. This year's recipient, Giang Trieu Phan, will receive the $2,500 stipend for his research project titled "mRNA Expression and DNA Methylation of Dystroglycan on Prostate Cancer Cells Using Laser Capture Microdissection and RT-PCR." Michael B. Cohen, UI professor and head of pathology, serves as Phan's mentor. Cohen also holds an appointment as a professor in the UI department of urology and in the UI department of epidemiology in the UI College of Public Health.

The Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center is Iowa's only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers are recognized as the leaders in developing new approaches to cancer prevention and cancer care, conducting leading edge research and educating the public about cancer.

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