2017 Herbert and Maxine Block Memorial Lectureship Award Recipient

Mary Claire KingMary-Claire King, PhD, is the 22nd recipient of the Herbert and Maxine Block Memorial Lectureship Award for Distinguished Achievement in Cancer.

Dr. King is the American Cancer Society Professor at the University of Washington, an affiliate member of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and was the first to show that breast cancer is inherited in some families, as the result of mutations in the gene that she named BRCA1. In addition to inherited breast and ovarian cancer, her research interests include the genetic bases of schizophrenia, genetic disorders in children, and human evolution. She also pioneered the use of DNA sequencing for human rights investigations.

Dr. King has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, the American Philosophical Society, and as a foreign member of the French Academy of Sciences. She has served on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the NIH, the National Commission on Breast Cancer of the President’s Cancer Panel, multiple councils and study sections of the NIH, and as past president of the American Society of Human Genetics.

Previous Award Recipients

(Note: affiliations listed were those held at time of award.)

  • Samuel Broder, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute
  • Robert C. Young, MD, president, Fox Chase Cancer Center (Philadelphia)
  • Bert Vogelstein, MD, professor of Oncology and Molecular Biology/Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore)
  • Judah Folkman, MD, Andrus Professor of Pediatric Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Children’s Hospital (Boston)
  • V. Craig Jordan, PhD, DSc, professor of Pharmacology and director of the Breast Cancer Research Program at the Robert H. Lurie Cancer Center, Northwestern University Medical Center (Chicago)
  • Barbara K. Rimer, DrPH, director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Science, National Cancer Institute
  • Richard D. Klausner, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute
  • John Potter, MD, PhD, director of the Cancer Prevention Research Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Seattle)
  • Donald Coffey, PhD, professor of Urology, Oncology, Pathology, Pharmacology and Molecular Science, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore)
  • David Botstein, PhD, professor and chair, Department of Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine (Palo Alto, California)
  • Daniel Von Hoff, MD, professor of Medicine, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Pathology; director, Arizona Cancer Center, University of Arizona (Tucson)
  • Carlo Croce, MD, director of the Kimmel Cancer Institute/Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia); subsequently joined Ohio State where he serves as director of the Human Cancer Genetics Program
  • Larry Norton, MD, medical oncologist leader of the Breast Disease Management Team at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (New York)
  • C. Norman Coleman, MD, director, Radiation Oncology Services Program, National Cancer Institute
  • Steven Rosenberg, MD, PhD, chief of Surgery, National Cancer Institute; professor of Surgery, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
  • George Klein, MD, PhD, professor emeritus and research group leader, Microbiology and Tumor Biology Center, Karolinska Institute (Stockholm, Sweden)
  • Kathleen M. Foley, MD, attending neurologist, Pain and Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; professor, Neurology, Neuroscience and Clinical Pharmacology, Weill Medical College, Cornell University (New York)
  • Bruce A. Chabner, MD, professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; director, clinical research, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Levi Garraway, MD, PhD, associate professor, Medicine, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
  • Eric S. Lander, associate professor of medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, senior associate member, Broad Institute
  • Carol Greider, PhD, professor and director, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore); co-winner, 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Mary-Claire King, PhD, American Cancer Society Professor at the University of Washington

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