St. Jude CEO is Seidman Lecture Speaker

Dr. William E. EvansMemphis –Dr. William E. Evans, director and chief executive officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, will be the guest speaker at the Fall 2007 M. L. Seidman Town Hall Lecture Series at Christian Brothers University (CBU) on Tuesday, November 6, 2007. Dr. Evans will address “The Future of Biomedical Research” in Spain Auditorium, Buckman Hall at 7 p.m. A reception for Dr. Evans will held beforehand in Montesi Executive Center at 6 p.m. (directly above Spain Auditorium).

Evans, Pharm.D., holds the St. Jude Professorship and Endowed Chair at the University of Tennessee Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. For the past 30 years, his research at St. Jude has focused on the pharmacogenomics of anticancer agents in children, for which he has received three consecutive NIH MERIT Awards from the National Cancer Institute. The major disease focus of his pharmacogenomics research is acute lymphoblastic leukemia in children.

Evans has authored over 300 articles and book chapters, has been the editor of several textbooks and scientific journals, and has received several national awards for his research. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2002.

Mr. and Mrs. P.K. Seidman established the M.L. Seidman Memorial Town Hall Lecture Series in memory of M.L. Seidman. Mr. M.L. Seidman was the founder of an international accounting firm who maintained an active interest in public issues.

A series of lectures is scheduled each year in which recognized authorities on current public issues are presented in a town hall forum. In each series, various points of view on the public issue are developed and the active participation of students, faculty and members of the Memphis community is encouraged. The lecture series is in its 40th year.

Evan’s address is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to RSVP for the M.L. Seidman Town Hall Lecture Series at Christian Brothers University, call the CBU Advancement Office at (901) 321-3270, or email rsvp@cbu.edu by October 23. ###

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